How to create opioids for the masses
Updated 7:20 AM ET, Tue April 5, 2016
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(CNN)It is an aroma you would normally find wafting around a bakery, or from the cellar of a home-brew enthusiast.
At Stanford University, however, the yeast emanating this odor isn't being used to create food or drink, but instead engineered to create powerful new medicines.
The American bioengineer pioneering this research is Christina Smolke and she's transforming the field of drug development by creating new opioid drugs from the humble baker's yeast.
Her research could transform the manufacture and supply of a major industry -- prescription painkillers.