Singapore is investing millions of dollars in a medical cannabis research program that will explore treatments for a range of diseases, including those related to metabolism, reproduction and the age-related diseases Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
The research will focus on using synthetic biology “for the sustainable and proprietary production of national strains of medicinal cannabinoids derived from the cannabis plant.”
“This will be done by translating selective genetic information provided by overseas partners into potent therapeutic compounds not found in nature through synthetic biology,” according to a news release from National Research Foundation Singapore, which is in charge of doling out the funding.
Cannabis for recreational or medical purposes remains illegal in the country.
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