An advance in re-engineering photosynthesis to transform plants into bio-factories that manufacture high-value ingredients for medicines is being reported by scientists.
They report on the research in the journal ACS Synthetic Biology.
Poul Erik Jensen and colleagues explain that photosynthesis does more than transform carbon dioxide and water into sugar and oxygen and generate energy.
Their report describes breaking that evolutionary compartmentalization by relocating an entire metabolic pathway needed for production of natural bioactive chemicals to the chloroplast. "This opens the avenue for light-driven synthesis of a vast array of other natural chemicals in the chloroplast," they say, citing key natural chemicals that would be ingredients in medications.