Creating cannabis chemicals in yeast

06 March 2019
Presented by Chris Smith.

CANNABIS-SATIVA

Cannabis sativa plant growing outside

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US scientists have engineered into yeast the genes needed to make the key chemicals in cannabis. To find out why and what's involved, Chris Smith looked at the paper with York University's Ian Graham, who wasn't involved in the project but has expertise in this area. We last spoke with him in 2015 when he uncovered the genes needed to perform a similar feat so yeast could make morphine.

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