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Scientists Cook Up $330,000 Burger

LONDON — Dutch scientists have created what some see as the future of supermarket meat: laboratory-grown beef.

About 15-ounces of “cultured beef” has been created from stem cells harvested from a cow’s shoulder. The $330,000-plus project was funded by Google co-founder Sergey Brin.


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Though the research surrounding the project has been five years in the making, the cultured beef’s three-month growth period took less time than it does to raise a cow, according to reports.  

A burger made from the beef was publicly tasted Monday by Josh Schonwald, author of “Taste of Tomorrow” and Austrian nutrition scientist Hanni Rutzler. Both said it "almost" tasted like conventional meat, according to reports.

An improved version is expected to be available in supermarkets within the next 10 to 20 years, according to Mark Post, the professor at Maastricht University who created the meat.

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