First reaction: lab-made burger lacks flavor

Lab-made burger taste test: feels like meat but low-fat flavor disappoints

Associated Press
First reaction: lab-made burger short on flavor
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Mark Post, developer of the stem cell burger, poses before the first public tasting, in London, Monday, Aug. 5, 2013. For hamburgers that cost more than $300,000 to produce, you might expect fries and a shake too. But this is no ordinary burger being served to two volunteer taste-testers in London on Monday. This meat was grown in a laboratory from stem cells of cattle. Mark Post, whose team at Maastricht University in the Netherlands developed the burger after five years of research, hopes that making meat in labs could eventually help solve the food crisis and fight climate change. (AP Photo/Bogdan Maran)

LONDON (AP) -- They bit, they chewed, but had hoped for more flavor.

Two volunteers who participated in the first public frying of hamburger grown in a lab said Monday that it had the texture of meat but was short of flavor because of the lack of fat.

Mark Post, whose team at Maastricht University in the Netherlands developed the burger, hopes that making meat in labs could eventually help feed the world and fight climate change.

Sergey Brin, a co-founder of Google, announced that he funded the 250,000-euro ($330,000) project because of his concern for animal welfare.

Austrian nutritionist Hanni Ruetzler, one of the testers, says it was "close to meat" but "not that juicy." U.S. journalist Josh Schonwald made similar comments.

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