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Author Topic: From our "What Could Possibly Go Wrong" Department: OPIUM POPPYS  (Read 1002 times)
rcjordan
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« on: March 15, 2010, 07:14:04 PM »

Scientists crack opium poppy’s genetic code

"Researchers have discovered the genes that allow the opium poppy to make codeine and morphine....

The findings could lead to engineered plants"

http://rawstory.com/2010/03/scientists-crack-opium-poppys-genetic-code/


So Grandma's daffodils might soon be a cash crop.  The bad news is that opium derivatives could become so plentiful that the price will be the same as aspirin.
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« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2010, 08:41:23 PM »

>Unlike morphine, codeine cannot be easily converted to heroin.

Unlike heroin, genetically engineered, codeine producing micro organisms may bypass intoxication and simply eat you're entire community.
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I would love to change the world, but they won't give me the source code.
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