Dutch scientists served a hamburger made from cow stem cells at a public tasting in London.

Volunteers who participated in the first public frying of a hamburger grown in a lab said that it had the texture of meat but was short of flavor because of the lack of fat.

U.S. journalist Josh Schonwald said he felt the absence of fat. "But the bite feels like a conventional hamburger," said Schonwald.

Mark Post, head of the team that created the burger hopes that making meat in labs could eventually help feed the world and fight climate change. "I think that most people don't realize that the current meat production is at its maximum and is not going to supply sufficient meat for the growing demand in the coming 40 years. So we need to come up with an alternative, there's no question. And this can be an ethical and environmentally friendly way to produce meat."

Monday's taste test, coming after five years of research, is a key step toward making lab meat a culinary phenomenon.
That goal is many years distant, at best.

Are you disturbed by the test tube meat and other genetically modified foods?  Or do you think it's key to solving the world's hunger problems?