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Can This Silicon Valley Startup Bioengineer A Less Addictive Opioid?

Christina Smolke’s Stanford team genetically altered yeast to produce opioids. Can they do it at commercial scale via her startup, Antheia–and maybe even make the drugs less addictive? Back in 2015, a 40-year-old synthetic biologist named Christina Smolke, along with a small team of researchers at Stanford, made a huge discovery. They proved that a genetically engineered yeast could produce opioid molecules, the core ingredients of some of the world’s most widely prescribed pain medicines.
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