UC Berkeley Scientists Engineer THC-Producing Yeast

Cannabis Production is Now Possible Through Yeast

A peer-reviewed paper published today reveals that scientists in Berkeley have created a strain of yeast that can produce cannabinoids.

A new report in the renowned scientific journal Nature details how synthetic biologists at the University of California Berkeley have genetically engineered yeast that can produce marijuana’s main active ingredients of THC and CBD.

This report is notable, researchers say, because this means that one has to do to create cannabinoids is feed the yeast with sugar. This has led researchers to make the call that in the future, this will be an easy and cheap way to produce pure cannabinoids that today are costly to extract from bud and flower materials.

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