Two volunteers sampled a burger made from stem cells in England; a meal worth approximately $331,400, and three months of laboratory work. According to one of the volunteers, the burger was “close to meat,” and the other claimed that the lack of ketchup made his burger-eating experience unnatural. The stem-cell burger, otherwise known as “schmeat,” comes from stem cells that are harvested from a cow’s shoulder. The stem cells are then converted to strips of muscle in a laboratory. Currently the world demand for beef exceeds its supply. So, some look to schmeat as the future of meat production. Unfortunately, it seems at present that the concept is more palatable than the burger itself.
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