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In an advance which has been hailed as the means of eradicating starvation and hunger, the world’s first lab-grown baby has been cooked and eaten at a news conference in London.

Scientists took human stem cells and, at an institute in the Netherlands, turned them into strips of muscle that they combined to make a patty.

One food expert said it was “close to meat, but not as juicy” and another said it tasted like a real baby.

Researchers say the technology could be a sustainable way of eradicating the need for the poor to eat their own babies and meeting what they say is a growing demand for meat.

The baby was cooked by chef Ron Mcdonald from Cornwall, and tasted by food critics Hanna Ratzinger and Joseph Kurtz.

Upon tasting the baby, Austrian food researcher Ms Ratzinger said:

“I was expecting the texture to be more soft… there is quite some intense taste; it’s close to meat, but it’s not as juicy as a real baby. The consistency is perfect, but I miss salt and pepper.”

And food writer Mr Kurtz said:

“The mouthfeel is like meat. I miss the fat, there’s a leanness to it, but the general bite feels like a baby.”

The plan for lab-grown babies to be utilised as meat has won support from some animal welfare and vegetarian groups, who feel it addresses their concerns about animal suffering.

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