Common bacteria modified to make designer sugar-based drug

You may think of sickness when you hear of E. coli, but it might be key to the production of specialized medicine. Scientists from the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies in New York have genetically engineered E. coli to produce a complex sugar molecule used to treat arthritis called chondroitin sulfate, commonly taken from cow tracheas. This discovery may lead the way to animal-free medicines that are faster to make compared to current alternatives, which use processes such as chemosynthesis. Read full article here


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