Scientists have found a replacement for opium poppy production painkillers

Modified fungi can compete in the anesthetic properties of the opium poppy. Source of raw materials for the production of narcotic analgesics is Papaver somniferum. However, the poppy harvest is heavily dependent on weather conditions. This is why scientists have been searching for a decent alternative to this plant.

Experts from Stanford University, headed by Christina Stopped modified the genetic apparatus of fungi and introduced into their DNA part of the genes of the opium poppy. The obtained results were amazing scientists: fungi began to develop salutaridine, the predecessor of opiates.

Further research and modification of the genetic apparatus of fungi were discovered working with the precursors of narcotic analgesics, turning them into the final product oxycodone. A little time and effort, writes New Scientist, and the world will get a real alternative to strong narcotic analgesics.

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Pleased with the volume and efficiency of such production. Just one tank of 1000 liters able to produce as much morphine as it ripens on the ha field with poppies. Fungi do not depend on the weather and give a consistently large number of analgesic.

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