Project funded by anonymous individual aims to cut the number of cattle farmed for food and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

This article titled “£200,000 test-tube burger marks milestone in future meat-eating” was written by Ian Sample, science correspondent, for The Guardian on Sunday 19th February 2012 16.38 UTC

Lurking in a petri dish in a laboratory in the Netherlands is an unlikely contender for the future of food. The yellow-pink sliver the size of a corn plaster is the state-of-the-art in lab-grown meat, and a milestone on the path to the world's first burger made from stem cells.

Dr Mark Post, head of physiology at Maastricht University, plans to unveil a complete burger – produced at a cost of more than £200,000 – this October.

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