Testers claim lab-grown burger backed by Sergey Brin had nice texture, bland flavor

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Three taste testers bit into the first hamburger made from lab-grown beef Monday morning in London. They labeled it similar in texture and lacking in flavor compared to the real thing, but the bigger surprise came when the team behind the burger revealed their financial backer: Google co-founder Sergey Brin.

Brin’s $325,000 went toward a team of researchers called Cultured Beef, which grew stem cells from cow shoulder muscle into strips of muscle fiber. Around 20,000 strips were mixed with bread crumbs and a binder, plus red beet juice and saffron for coloring, to form the burger tasted Monday — an event Brin said many people would consider science fiction.

“I actually think that’s a good thing. If what you’re doing is not seen by some people as science fiction, it’s probably not transformative enough,” Brin said in a video describing the project. “If it succeeds there, it can be…

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