Test-Tube Hamburger: Cultured meat
may not eradicate heart disease, but its animal welfare and environmental benefits could be enough to convince many vegetarians to dig into a burger. Indeed, scientist Dr. Mark Post of Maastricht University earlier this month revealed the world's first synthesized meat product—a (costly)
invention that research suggests could reduce the need for land and water by as much as 90% and overall energy use by up to 70%. Biologically identical to beef, the pioneering test-tube burger has room for improvement according to taste testers
, but with Sergey Brin funding the research
, this innovation may have legs.