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Getting bacteria to do a plant’s job

Researchers engineer microbes for low-cost production of precursor of anticancer drug Taxol and other pharmaceuticals.

Gregory Stephanopoulos, professor of chemical engineering, left, and postdoctoral associate Ajikumar Parayil have developed a new way to genetically engineer bacteria to produce a precursor to the cancer drug Taxol.

Photo: Simon Carlsen

See: http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2010/cancer-drug-taxol.html