• Poppy genome reveals opiate evolution

    The world’s illegal medicinal plant had a turbulent history.

    A series of bizarre events and biological errors over evolutionary history were responsible for the intoxicating medi...

    Nature August 30, 2018
  • Drug smugglers selling opium laced with lead

    US health authorities report 3000 cases of high lead levels in opium users.

    Afghan opium traders may be adding lead to their product in order to boost profits, a report suggests.New field not...

    Biology January 7, 2018
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