Plan to create micro-organisms that will make cannabinoids in lab

Rare cannabinoids that cannot practically be extracted from hemp will instead be manufactured by specially-created micro-organisms.

A new partnership between Cronos Group, a Canadian vertically integrated cannabis company, and Ginkgo Bioworks, a Massachusetts-based bioengineering specialist, will see Ginkgo modify the DNA of yeast so that it can produce cannabinoids in a fermentation process.

They include cannabidiolic acid (CBDA), a substance naturally present in the hemp plant, which is then turned into cannabidiol (CBD) when its chemical composition is altered through heating.

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