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.

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Anonymous Coward says:

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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