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August 18, 2006

Jay Keasling poses with artemisia. The plant's genes are useful for creating antimalaria drugs.

Jay Keasling, UC Berkeley professor of chemical engineering and director of the new NSF-funded Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center (SynBERC), holds a sprig of artemisia, a plant from which he extracted genes that he inserted into microbes to produce an antimalaria drug.

Credit: Peg Skorpinski, U.C. Berkeley

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