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        Manufacturing Medicine | QUEST

        This video segment adapted from KQED's QUEST series discusses how scientists are using synthetic biology to quickly, and inexpensively, manufacture artemisinic acid, a precursor to the drug artemisinin, which treats malaria. Jay Keasling and Jack Newman describe how the genes that produce artemisinin in the wormwood plant were originally identified and then transferred to yeast, a process that can yield artemisinic acid in as little as 14 days. The video also discusses other potential applications of synthetic biology.

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