A number of important drugs come from plants, but some medicinal plants are endangered or tricky to grow. For some scientists, finding ways to ensure ready access to these drugs has become a priority.   Researchers on Thursday said they have identified the genes that enable an endangered Himalayan plant to produce a chemical vital […]

Modified Yeast Produce Opiates From Sugar It typically takes a year to produce hydrocodone from plants, but researchers have genetically modified yeast to make it in just a few days. The technique could improve access to medicines in impoverished nations. For thousands of years, people have used yeast to ferment wine, brew beer and leaven […]