The World's First Lab-Grown Meat Burger Tastes Terrible (Surprise!)

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The world's premier artificial, $300,000 3D-printed burger lab-grown finally its way into human mouths today. Turns out it tastes pretty weird. Go figure.

BBC correspondant Pallab Ghosh was present at the meat's inaugural tasting event, and has been live-tweeting the tasters metered reaction to the lab-grown meat.

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Apparently the appearance and texture are both pretty close, but the taste, the taste just isn't quite right. If 3D-printed lab-grown meat really is the future of the burger industry, it looks like it still has a long road ahead before it can climb out of the uncanny valley of testtube-meat. In the meantime, questionable dollar menu meat is probably still the way to go. [Pallab Ghosh via Engadget]

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brentrose
Brent Rose

Sounds like it's just missing some fat for umami richness. Bet they could compensate with some butter. Obviously, that would be cheating in a taste test, but if this ever comes to restaurants (and with our out-of-control population growth-rate it probably will) I bet it could be solved.