This Synthetic Leaf Turns Sunlight Into Drugs


This article for Vice by Maddie Bender examines an amazing discovery in the drug world. Find out more with the excerpt below, then read the full piece here:

“Pharmaceutical drugs have an environmental cost in addition to a financial one. The average pharma plant uses nearly 15 times as much energy per square foot as a commercial office building, some of which is used for the chemical reactions required to make common medicines such as anti-malarial drugs. Now, researchers in the Netherlands say they’ve found a way to cut these energy costs by using sunlight and an artificial leaf to manufacture drugs whenever and wherever, from the jungle to the craters of Mars.”