An “in vitro” burger sounds super unappetizing, but it could just save the planet. Dutch scientists used cow stem cells to grow beef in a laboratory and found that they could “make a million times more meat than could be butchered from a single beef carcass.” An artificially made burger could help fight the growing demand for meat, reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, and maybe even convince vegetarians to eat beef — if it tastes good. The Independent is keeping mum and reporting that the $383,000 burger will be prepared at “an exclusive west London venue.” But back in February 2012, the Guardian wrote that Heston Blumenthal would receive the uncomfortable honor. Hopefully no one screws it up by overcooking it. [Earlier, Independent via NYP]
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