Brewing Bad: Fermenting Morphine

With the same equipment homebrewers use to ferment beer, wine or cider, it's now possible to create your own morphine. The only special ingredient is a genetically modified yeast.  Here's a detailed paper on the topic published recently in Nature.

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For more good articles on the subject check out: The New Scientist, Engadget, New York Times and Wired.

This discovery could put a large spanner in the works as far as Afghanistan is concerned as the number one heroin producing country (producing 80% of all heroin in 2013).

According to all the articles out there, this special yeast will be heavily regulated and controlled. That said, all illegal drugs are heavily regulated and controlled yet many are still easy to get your hands on.