07:00 , Sep 24, 2015 |  BC Innovations  |  Tools & Techniques

Poppy-free opiates

A new system for synthesizing opioids in yeast offers the first realistic chance of producing the painkillers without relying on poppy field farming, and represents the most sophisticated biosynthetic pathway engineered in yeast to date....
07:00 , Sep 3, 2015 |  BC Innovations  |  Distillery Techniques

Techniques: Engineered yeast-based biosynthesis of thebaine and hydrocodone

Chemistry TECHNOLOGY: Biosynthesis A method of biosynthesizing thebaine and hydrocodone in engineered yeast could provide an efficient alternative to synthetic methods that rely on plant-derived opium. The biosynthetic method used Saccharomyces cerevisiae engineered to express...