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EYE ON CHINA
First-ever opium poppy genome assembled
Collaboration between NRGene, China鈥檚 Xi'an Jiaotong University, and The Wellcome Sanger Institute and The University of York, UK

Opium has long been used as a natural pain killer; the poppy plant is the basis of the extracts used to create hydrocodone and codeine.

Xi'an Jiaotong University, The Wellcome Sanger Institute, The University of York, and NRGene have recently completed the world鈥檚 first assembly of the opium poppy genome.

The genome assembly allows the teams to understand the species evolution and how metabolic pathways are constructed, providing a more in-depth picture of the plant鈥檚 properties as a natural pharmaceutical.

The breakthrough, published in a recent issue of Science, reveals the origins of the pathway leading to production of the cough suppressant noscapine and the painkiller drugs codeine and morphine.

Source: NRGene

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