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Dr. Mark Post, who is a professor at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands, is currently working on making the world’s first stem cell hamburger at the price of about $330,ooo (250,000 Euros).
In October of this year, Dr. Post is hoping to reveal his creation, which he announced at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting on Sunday.
Since meat consumption is expected to double over the next 40 years, Dr. Post decided to work on a different way to produce this meat. About 35% of the world’s surface is currently being used as pastures and croplands, according to the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science’s study conducted in 2007.
Dr. Post’s experimental meat still has a long way to go in order to reach hamburger status. His samples are only about three centimeters long, and have a pink and yellow hue. Fat also has to be grown separately to give the burger the taste that people want.
No animals are being harmed in the process at this time, but their cells could be used in the future to mass produce the meat. It would take 10 to 20 years and far more resources for this process to become more efficient than the process currently in place for regular burgers.
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