Have You Heard of a Test-tube Hamburger Made from Stem Cells?

by Savitha C Muppala on  June 29, 2011 at 4:54 PM Diet & Nutrition News
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Imagine a time when you can eat meat without having to kill animals!

It may soon be possible as Dutch scientists have made a test tube hamburger from beef mince grown from stem cells.
 Have You Heard of a Test-tube Hamburger Made from Stem Cells?
Have You Heard of a Test-tube Hamburger Made from Stem Cells?

The scientists have also said that they are waiting to welcome anybody who is willing to become a human guinea pig to eat the test-tube hamburger.

Meat made from stem cells may be the best thing to happen, as scientists have warned that in the coming few decades, there could be a dearth of livestock to feed the increasing population worldwide.

The product, which is currently in the development stage, is called invitro meat and is actually created after extracting more than 10,000 stem cells from cattle. The stem cells are then allowed to multiply more than a billion times in the laboratory to produce a muscle tissue similar to beef.

Mark Post, professor of physiology at Maastricht University in the Netherlands, and the brain behind this idea said, "I don't see any way you could rely on old-fashioned livestock in the coming decades. In vitro meat will be the only choice left. We are trying to prove to the world we can make a product out of this, and we need a courageous person who is willing to be the first to taste it. If no one comes forward, then it might be me."



Source: Medindia

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