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New Bioengineering Method Could Change the Way Essential Medicines Are Produced

Stanford University researchers boosted production of a cough suppressant 18,000-fold by using brewer’s yeast and engineered genes from poppies and rats.

Stanford researchers have engineered brewer’s yeast with over 30 enzymes from medicinal plants, microorganisms, and mammals to enable rapid, fermentation-based production of a plant-derived cough suppressant and potential anticancer drug. | Aaron Cravens