DailyDirt: Tiny Drug Factories

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Brand name pharmaceutical drugs are ridiculously expensive, but how much does it really cost to manufacture a drug? A potentially low-cost method is to use microorganisms -- which are plentiful -- to synthesize chemical compounds. For example, synthetic insulin is now made using genetically modified bacteria. Here are a few other examples. By the way, StumbleUpon can recommend some good Techdirt articles, too.


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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 28th, 2012 @ 5:12pm

    Amazing

    I can't wait until we are able to make our own drugs using things like those microorganisms and nano-bots, in some kind of micro-medical device. And make our own tissue, organs and whole body parts from our own DNA by using 3D printers.

     

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    Torg (profile), Feb 28th, 2012 @ 5:29pm

    I love the phrase "open-source DNA code". So much glorious hubris! The Tower of Babel's got nothing on Prozac.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 28th, 2012 @ 5:45pm

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    I can see the torrents now:

    Prozac (1977) Anti-Depressant, double helix 1080p -Drugrip

     

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    That Anonymous Coward (profile), Feb 28th, 2012 @ 6:24pm

    This is much more useful...

    Making Sudafed from Crystal Meth...
    http://boingboing.net/2012/02/27/scientific-paper-of-the-day-h.html

    It might be slightly easier than trying ot get sudafed form a pharmacy

     

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    fb39ca4, Feb 28th, 2012 @ 6:25pm

    DNA piracy...now there's an idea...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 28th, 2012 @ 6:40pm

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    Please note: it a joke.
    I hope some fool doesn't actually try making it and ending up with meth.

     

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    Zos (profile), Feb 28th, 2012 @ 8:28pm

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    umm, if they start with meth, i'm pretty sure that whatever they end up with, won't still be meth.

    On that note, let's breed a bug that makes meth...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 28th, 2012 @ 8:33pm

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    You didn't understand, they'd first have to make Crystal Meth. After which, they'd try using the instructions from the parody paper, but since those are fake, all they'll have on their hands is the meth they started with.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 28th, 2012 @ 8:48pm

    http://www.tuurvanbalen.com/

    I like the pigeons pooping detergent part :)

     

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    fb39ca4, Feb 28th, 2012 @ 8:55pm

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    cool now when a pigeon takes a crap on your new jacket it will actually end up cleaner than it was before :D

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 28th, 2012 @ 9:41pm

    It just occurred to me that making homemade yogurt using store bought yogurt as a base - something that has been done for generations already - is actually illegal under today's copyright laws. Especially since most store bought yogurts now use genetically modified bacteria. To think that my poor old grandmother could be dragged before a magistrate for her heinous crime against humanity!

     

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    That Anonymous Coward (profile), Feb 28th, 2012 @ 10:38pm

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    No first you'd have to score crystal meth, which has alot less restrictions than getting ahold of Sudafed.

    "A Simple and Convenient Synthesis of Pseudoephedrine From N-Methylamphetamine, by O. Hai and I. B. Hakkenshit."

     

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    Pixelation, Feb 28th, 2012 @ 10:51pm

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    "all they'll have on their hands is the meth they started with."

    Here's another fine meth you've gotten me into...

     

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    LolaBowling (profile), Feb 29th, 2012 @ 6:13am

    Very usefull. I'm going to cook some aspirin... ;)

     

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    Torg (profile), Feb 29th, 2012 @ 6:38am

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    It's a travesty is what it is. Twisting nature to suit our desires is a fundamental human right, and these corporations are trampling all over it.

     

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    That Anonymous Coward (profile), Feb 29th, 2012 @ 5:35pm

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    Monsanos business model?

     

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