Regulation urged after scientists discover how to make homemade morphine

Well, isn't this a conundrum? Making painkillers more affordable is not a bad thing. Creating a new avenue for making street drugs probably isn't. But part of me wonders whether allowing a "made in north america" method of creating these drugs, and thus reducing the reliance on a drug trade that helps fuel unfriendly foreign groups (*cough*Taliban*cough*), isn't a bad thing.

The joint study by Concordia University and UC Berkeley scientists used yeast to transform basic chemicals into the precursors for opiates like codeine, morphine and oxycodone. The process capitalizes on the age-old system of using yeast to transform sugar into alcohol. With a genetic tweak, the yeast can be encouraged to turn inexpensive yeast into rare, plant-based chemical compounds.