Scientists to make lab-grown meat available soon

Scientists to make lab-grown meat available soon

A team of scientists have said that laboratory-grown burgers might be available to the general public as soon as in five years. The scientist has also planned to set up a company to look at making the burger tastier and cheaper.

Peter Verstrate, head of the new firm, said the product, said that the meat grown in laboratories might help meet the increasing demand for meat. The meat was first created by Professor Mark Post at Maastricht University in The Netherlands.A team of scientists in the Netherlands had released the world's first stem cell beef burger in 2013 reportedly with a price tag of $300,000 and it was dry and tasteless. A lot of research has been conducted on the matter many believe that it might be available soon.

Experts said that lab based beef was unimaginable until recent years but advancements in molecular biology and stem cell technology have made the concept closer to reality. Experts say that it makes sense to eliminate animals from the meat equation as the meat industry occupies large part of our land and natural resources. The industry also produces large quantities of greenhouse gases and has given rise to antibiotic resistant infections and many say that it is also cruel and inhumane.

Experts said that if lab-grown meat can replace even a fraction of this, it will address a lot of issues. There are several researchers working on different projects like developing chicken breasts or to culture fish proteinin the lab.

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