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Yeast May Revolutionize Some Drug Production

August 30, 2003|From Staff and Wire Reports

In a move that uses a key beer and bread ingredient to potentially revolutionize drug production, U.S. scientists said they had figured out how to use yeast to make vital human proteins. The scientists hope the technology can be put to work mass-producing human proteins like insulin.

Writing in this week's Science, researchers from Dartmouth College and GlycoFi, a private firm in Lebanon, N.H., said they added five human genes to the yeast Pichia pastoris, making it into a human protein machine.

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