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Tweaking photosynthesis apparatus to make drugs, compounds or ingredients [Registered]

Researchers from Denmark have made a breakthrough in re-engineering photosynthesis to transform plants into bio-factories that manufacture high-value ingredients for medicines, fabrics, fuels and other products. Their findings are reported in ACS Synthetic Biology. Poul Erik Jensen and colleagues at the University of Copenhagen explain that photosynthesis does more than transform carbon dioxide and water into sugar and oxygen and generate energy. That process also produces a wealth of natural chemical compounds, many of which have potential uses in medicines and other commercial products. However, evolution has compartmentalized those functions into two separate areas of plant cells. Chloroplasts, the packets…

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