SCIENCE

WAY OUT THERE

July 31 2006
SCIENCE

WAY OUT THERE

July 31 2006

WAY OUT THERE

SCIENCE

FRANKENBURGER IS NO OVERNIGHT SUCCESS

Fast food nation has developed a culture, albeit the kind that grows in a petri dish. Vladimir Mironov, a U.S. scientist, claims he’s found a way to “grow” hamburgers in the lab overnight from cow tissue, using steroids and protein. He says the method works on pigs and chickens, too. So far he’s attracted no investors, his efforts hobbled perhaps by the unseemliness of the technique. “It’s not Frankenstein meat,” he protests. “It’s like hydroponic tomatoes.”