Home-brewed Heroin? Q and A with a synthetic biologist.

Researchers are reporting that they have made significant strides in engineering yeast to efficiently produce Opioids (a drug class that includes morphine and heroin). Interestingly, these yeast strains are quite similar to those frequently used by individuals to brew beer or make pizza dough –raising concerns as to whether or not this biotechnology can one… Continue reading Home-brewed Heroin? Q and A with a synthetic biologist.

Which sex has it worse when it comes to cancer?

While the age-old battle of the sexes will never be decisively won, there are certain arenas where the balance is strongly tipped. Cancer risk is one of these. Check out the list below to see where each sex stands in the fight against “the worst scourge of mankind.” 1. Women suffer from more sex-specific cancers.… Continue reading Which sex has it worse when it comes to cancer?