The First Lab-Grown Hamburger Will Cost $345,000

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We've already talked about lab-grown meat before and the challenge of making it resemble real meat in both taste and texture. But once that feat is accomplished, it will cost $345,000 to produce a single, artificially-made hamburger.

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Speaking to Reuters, Mark Post, a Dutch research expert in the field, believes he can pull this off sooner than later.

"The first one will be a proof of concept, just to show it's possible," Post told Reuters in a telephone interview from his Maastricht lab. "I believe I can do this in the coming year."

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"This first one will be grown in an academic lab, by highly trained academic staff," he said. "It's hand-made and it's time and labor-intensive, that's why it's so expensive to produce."

Not to mention a little unappetizing. Since Post's in-vitro meat contains no blood, it lacks color. At the moment, it looks a bit like the flesh of scallops, he says.

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Clock's ticking, buddy! [Reuters via Gizmag]

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Why go through all this trouble to "grow" meat instead of just phasing it out entirely? This seems like a terrible allocation of resources.

I'll be the first to admit meat tastes great and all but its no secret that it is harmful and its production inefficient and immoral.

A true favor to the world and nature would be 100% vegan humans. But that ain't happenin.

Incoming onslaught of anti-vegan hatred in 3, 2, 1...