Shirley S. Wang
The Wall Street Journal
August 5, 2013
Maybe it could have used ketchup.
Dutch scientists on Monday unveiled a hamburger made from beef grown in a lab—not raised on a farm—that was then cooked and eaten at a West London arts and television studio.
The lab-grown burger, unveiled from under a silver warming dish, was nestled in a clear circular dish. It appeared to have the texture of raw ground beef but was given its pink hue from red beet juice and saffron. The patty, which also contained bread crumbs and a binder to hold the meat together, was then fried in sunflower oil and butter and taste-tested by a food writer and a food scientist who weren’t involved in the research, at a news briefing in front of an audience of about 200.