New research shows that psilocybin — the psychoactive compound that puts the magic in magic mushrooms — can be made by bioengineered bacteria, highlighting a potential new way of mass-producing the valued chemical.
Magic mushrooms are a strange drug. They’re one part illegal music festival enhancer, one part promising treatment that could have important medical applications. That second use continues to look more and more promising.
Some of our cows and chickens are on drugs. The relative safety of those drugs is the subject of ongoing debate, and some are more common than others. Last month, Bloomberg reported that Sanderson Farms is being sued for allegedly dosing its chickens with ketamine.