Mark Post, head of physiology at the Maastricht University in the Netherlands, has announced that the first burger made from laboratory-grown meat will be made in October 2012, cooked by the British chef Heston Blumenthal.
Post said: “In October, we're going to provide a proof-of-concept showing that with in-vitro methods, out of stem cells we can make a product that looks like and feels and, hopefully, tastes like meat.”
As current synthetic meat can only be grown in half-millimetre strips, the golf ball-sized burger will made from 3,000 pieces of in-vitro meat combined with fat that has been grown in the same way. It will be served to a mystery celebrity guest and will cost €250,000 (£212,217) to produce.
Read more about Post’s research into synthetic meat in Meat: The Future.