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How biotech went from “no way” to payday in the cannabis business 

Genetic engineers want to use baker's yeast to make bio-pot, for fun and health. 

Synthetic-biology company Amyris believes it can genetically engineer organisms to manufacture cannabinoids, the active molecules in marijuana, more cheaply than by growing plants. 

If it works, cannabinoids could end up everywhere, in new forms, and reaching new people.
Despite some moral qualms, the biotech industry is increasingly embracing the legal cannabis sector, which is growing rapidly on the back of spreading legalization in the US and beyond.

But their venture could backfire if they help create a public health menace. 

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