Home Brew Heroin A Step Closer; FBI Warns Of “Possible Security Threat”


About a month ago, researchers and policymakers started fretting about a nightmare scenario for drug enforcement: the possibility that the impending invention of morphine-producing yeast could make it easy for many people to start manufacturing highly addictive opiates, says the Los Angeles Times. “Home brew” narcotics, they warned, could be on the way. The timeliness of the worries was underscored yesterday, when researchers in England and Australia announced that they had discovered a long-sought gene in poppies that is crucial to the production of morphine in the plants, and could help scientists finish engineering morphine-making yeast.

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