Scientists serve up lab-made burger from cow cells

Mark Post, whose team at Maastricht University developed the burger after five years of research, hopes making meat in labs could eventually help solve the food crisis and fight climate change.

FILE - This July 11, 2012 file photo shows dairy cows on Steve Niedbalski's farm in Nashville, Ill. A patchwork extension of federal farm programs passed as part of a larger "fiscal cliff" bill keeps the price of milk from rising but doesn't include many of the goodies that farm-state lawmakers are used to getting for their rural districts. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

LONDON (AP) — For a hamburger that cost more than $300,000, you might expect it to come with fries and a shake.

But this is no ordinary burger. At a public tasting in London on Monday, scientists will serve up the first-ever hamburger grown in a laboratory from stem cells of cattle.

Mark Post, whose team at Maastricht University developed the burger after five years of research, hopes making meat in labs could eventually help solve the food crisis and fight climate change.

Post says success doesn't hinge on science. He says, "for the burger to succeed, it has to look, feel and taste like the real thing."
Associated Press
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