Monday, February 7, 2011

What Does a Malaria Drug Have in Common With Fueling Your Vehicle?

Some might call it luck, some might call it fate. Nevertheless, the day Berkeley Lab's Jay Keasling found out that a plant-based malaria drug called artemisinin was chronically in short supply – that was a very important day. You see, back in 2000, Dr. Keasling was looking for an organic chemical to be a suitable focus for his research into a new field of science known as synthetic biology. More>