Penicillin-producing yeast raises hopes in superbug fight

Plain old baker's yeast has been genetically engineered to produce penicillin, which could be the first ...

Penicillin was one of the most important scientific discoveries of the 20th century, but its overuse is threatening to undo all that hard work. As more strains of bacteria become resistant to antibiotics, we need to develop new ones to stay ahead of the curve, but the fungi species that produce them can be hard to work with. Now scientists have used plain old baker’s yeast to create penicillin molecules, and while that doesn’t yet solve the resistance problem, it’s a big step towards creating easy-to-tweak “mini-factories” for new forms of antibiotics and anti-inflammatory drugs.

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