News broke today that the world’s first synthetically grown hamburger had finally been tasted, a culinary creation with one famous Jewish backer.
Google founder and Jewish-billionaire Sergey Brin invested in the $330,000 hamburger, which was finally tasted Monday in London.
“I like to look at technology opportunities where the technology seems like it’s on the cusp of our ability. And if it succeeds there, it can be transformative for the world,” Brin told the Department of Expansion.
The 39-year-old has a penchant for futuristic endeavors, having previously invested in Space Adventures, the space travel tourism group, and the Planetary Resources Project, which aims to develop a technique for mining asteroids for metals.
“If what you’re doing is not seen by some people as science fiction, it’s probably not transformative enough,” Brin said.
The synthetic burger is the first of its kind, with its researchers aiming to eventually produce a cost effective, sustainable source of meat.
The burger was made from cow muscle grown in a laboratory, similar to the process of stem cell research or in vitro fertilization.
Two volunteers sampled the burger, and surmised the dish could use more flavor.
“I would say it’s close to meat. I miss the salt and pepper,” said Austrian nutritionist Hanni Ruetzler.
“The absence is the fat, it’s a leanness to it, but the bite feels like a conventional hamburger,” added U.S. journalist Josh Schonwald.