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E. coli engineered to produce morphine precursor [Registered]

“Morphine has a complex molecular structure; because of this, the production of morphine and similar painkillers is expensive and time-consuming,” said the lead researcher Fumihiko Sato of Kyoto University. “But with our E. coli, we were able to yield 2.1 miligrams of thebaine in a matter of days from roughly 20 grams of sugar, as opposed to 0.0064 mg with yeast.”…

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