Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG
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) co-founder Sergey Brin is backing a research project that has produced the world’s first lab-grown burger, according to a report by the BBC.
The report said scientists too cells from a cow and, at an institute in the Netherlands, turned them into strips of muscle that they combined to make a patty.
Researchers say the technology could be a sustainable way of meeting what they say is a growing demand for meat.
The burger was cooked and eaten at a news conference in London, on Monday.
Food critic Josh Schonwald said: “The mouth feel is like meat. I miss the fat, there’s a leanness to it, but the general bite feels like a hamburger. What was consistently different was the flavor.’’
The BBC reported that the meat was made up of tens of billions of lab-grown cells. However, researchers say it will be a while before lab-grown burgers are for sale in supermarkets.