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Google’s Sergey Brin buys a $325,000 synthetic hamburger

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The world’s first hamburger made entirely from synthetic (aka lab-grown) meat was unveiled today by a team of Dutch researchers, who subsequently held a media event to see how it tasted.

Among those who helped finance the synthetic meat project was Google co-founder Sergey Brin, who has also participated in other futurist projects — at his own company — such as Google’s driver-less car and Google Glass.

The purpose of the Dutch project is to develop a lab-grown substitute for meat that is more environmentally friendly than the current practice of raising livestock, as well as more humane to animals.

“We have a vision in our minds of pristine farms, couple of cows, couple of chickens, but that’s not actually how meat gets produced today,” Brin told The Guardian.

The 5-ounce piece of hamburger meat itself was made from 20,000 protein strands using cells from a cow’s shoulder, which produced strips of meat that were then ground up for consumption. But if you’d like to try a lab-grown hamburger, they don’t exactly come cheap. This particular burger cost $325,000.

Also, since researchers have yet to figure out a way to replicate the meat’s natural fat content, the burger was said to taste pretty bland, too.

For a more in-depth look at the synthetic meat project, check out this video produced by The Guardian.