Volume 93 Issue 22 | pp. 31-32
Issue Date: June 1, 2015

Programming Yeast To Make Opiates

With just one step remaining to complete pathway from glucose to morphine, scientists ponder future security concerns
Department: Science & Technology | Collection: Life Sciences
News Channels: Biological SCENE
Keywords: opioids, morphine, yeast, metabolic engineering

For the better part of a decade, scientists have been trying to engineer microbes to produce morphine and other opioid painkillers directly from glucose. Some say such engineered microbes could reduce global reliance on poppy farming to make painkillers. Others want to create microbes like these as a platform for producing improved painkillers and therapeutics.

So far, researchers have managed to program yeast to perform parts of the pathway from glucose to morphine. Two teams . . .

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