A lab-grown burger?

Posted November 7, 2013 at 1:58 pm

NOV. 6 OUTSTANDING IN THEIR FIELD COLUMN — compiled by PETE TEMPLE, SPORTS/AG EDITOR

• The world’s first laboratory-grown hamburger was cooked in front of TV cameras at a media event in London in August, according to the Animal Welfare Approved newsletter.

According to the newsletter, “The burger is a culmination of a five-year science experiment, at a cost of $325,000. It consisted of thousands of individual strands of laboratory-grown muscle fibers, grown over a three-month period from cattle stem cells in a solution of bovine fetal serum and antibiotics, collected and frozen until sufficient quantities were available to form the single patty. Red beet juice and saffron were added for color.”

The article also quoted the project’s lead scientist, professor Mark Post, as estimating commercial production of cultured meat on any scale was still 15 to 20 years away.

• Patrick Wall has been hired as the southeast Iowa beef program specialist for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Wall grew up on a diversified grain and livestock farm near Bradford, Ill. Most recently, he worked with the American Shorthorn Association, according to an Extension press release.

• Matt Lechtenberg has been hired for a water quality coordinator position for the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.

Lechtenberg has worked with the department since 2006, most recently serving as an environmental specialist senior. He will help oversee implementation of the Iowa Water Quality Initiative.

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