2009 Science News of the Year: Nutrition
By Science News, 13:30 PM December 17, 2009
That yeast smells good
Yeast has long been pressed into service for making beer and bread. Now the fungus has been tapped for a loftier flavor: vanillin, vanilla’s dominant compound (SN: 5/23/09, p. 9). Natural vanilla comes from the pods, or beans, of two orchid species, and the extract can be costly. So the majority of vanillin is synthesized in chemistry labs, a process that often requires expensive starter compounds. Danish scientists skirted these costs by genetically engineering...
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