LISTEN. Kenneth Oye, Chappell Lawson and John Dueber discuss the implications of a yeast strain that could make opiates from sugar.
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And in generating a drug source that is self-replicating and easy to grow, conceal and distribute, the work could also transform the illicit opiate marketplace to decentralized, localized production. Currently, morphine is produced from the opium poppy ( Papaver somniferum ). By providing a simpler — and more manipulable — means of producing opiates, the yeast research could ultimay lead to cheaper, less addictive, safer and more-effective analgesics.
The current method would make opiates in tiny quantities, too small to or the genetic know-how to make it — to cook up opiates from home.
It would also be extremely difficult for amateur scientists to do this kind of opiate alchemy. But others say that these dire warnings are overblown. They point out that a lot of good could come from this research — namely, it could lead to cheaper, more powerful, and less addictive painkillers.
coli bacteria that churn out the proteins in 50,000-liter fermentor tanks. The widely used diabetes medication used to be laboriously extracted from pig and cow pancreases — it took more than two tons of pork to make just eight ounces of insulin.
Scientists create yeast that can make sugar into opiates. Researchers have managed to reproduce the way poppies create morphine in the wild.
Martin said the team had no plans to complete the chain until regulations were in place to do so safely. “If this is something that we shouldn’t do, let’s talk about it now,” he added.
Several existing yeast strains are available that can turn reticuline into morphine, and the scientists said that combining the two halves of the process was now feasible – although they have not yet attempted this final step.
Scientists warned that the findings could pave the way for opium poppy farms being replaced by local morphine “breweries” and called for urgent regulation of the technology.
In our youth, if you wanted to get warm and fuzzy on opiates, it used to make homemade DIY opiates the same way you'd home-brew beer.
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Of course, the higher-ups of the science community have also realized this. In a commentary piece published in Nature, policy analysts Kenneth Oye, Tania Bubela and J. Chappell H. Lawson warn that “in principle, anyone with access to the yeast strain and basic skills in fermentation would be able to grow morphine producing yeast using a home-brew kit for beer-making.”
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However, as we've seen with other lab-synthesized drugs that have made their way onto the black market, enforcing controls might not actually stop people from making their own homebrewed versions.
Learning to Make Opiates Without Flowers In the early 1970s, a severe opium shortage was created by increased demand, poor poppy crops, a Turkish ban on.
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As shown in his laboratory journal, the initial sign of success was the identical chromatographic behavior of Dr. Kenner Rice of the LMC discovered the critical chemical reaction enabling large-scale production of totally synthetic morphine, codeine, and thebaine, the three basic raw materials in opium. Rice's product and an authentic sample from opium. Dr. On January 22, 1979, Dr. Rice's method, now internationally known as the NIH Total Opiate Synthesis, is still the only practical process available for making large quantities of opium products from synthetic materials, guaranteeing reliable supplies of opiate pain relievers.