LONDON - For a hamburger that cost more than $300,000, you might expect it to come with fries and a shake.
But this is no ordinary burger. At a public tasting in London on Monday, scientists served up the first-ever hamburger grown in a laboratory from stem cells of cattle.
Mark Post, whose team at Maastricht University developed the burger after five years of research, hopes making meat in labs could eventually help solve the food crisis and fight climate change.
Post says success doesn't hinge on science. He says, "for the burger to succeed, it has to look, feel and taste like the real thing."
But 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.
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.
WATCH the public tasting from BBC World News (Mobile Users: http://youtu.be/D90vUlUt1HI):