Meet the new meat: A TEDx talk to pair with the first lab-grown hamburger

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Yesterday, the first lab-grown hamburger was cooked. And eaten! And according to The Week, it didn’t taste too bad. This lab-grown patty took two years and $325,000 to produce. And as sources revealed, the money came from Google co-founder and TED speaker Sergey Brin. (Watch his talk on Google Glass, or his talk with Larry Page on the genesis of Google.)

But the TED connection doesn’t end there. The burger is a product of Cultured Beef, a project born at Maastricht University in The Netherlands and headed by Mark Post, a specialist in tissue engineering.  At TEDxHaarlem, Post gave a talk called Meet the new meat, during which he introduced Cultured Beef to the world and explained the process behind its growth. He also discussed the future he envisions for in-vitro meat.

Here’s an excerpt from his talk, featured above:

“This hamburger contains 60 billion cells. Now, that’s a lot…

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