Beer is Science News Roundup: May 19, 2015

Dentist to give free oral cancer screenings at brewery

"Beating Oral Cancer One Pint at a Time": This weekend, North Carolina Dr. will look around people’s mouths and check their neck glands for anything that looks unusual. Read the story form News & Observer.

Chilean Fog Nets Pull Beer From Desert Air

Who needs water when you have beer? Brewery in Chile makes Scottish ale only with water collected from fog nets. Read the story on Popular Science.

Genetically Modified Yeast Will Make It Possible to Home-Brew Opiates

The Brew Studs undoubtedly advocate home brewing beer, but this is something entirely different. A paper published today in Nature Chemical Biology details a novel process for replicating poppy’s opiate-producing chemical pathways by genetically modifying good ol’ Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Read the story on Wired.

Don’t think for a minute that the juxtaposition of beer and science is only a joking matter. Science is very much a part of the brewing process and breweries the world over employ scientists to ensure the quality of the beer that they produce. And in ecology science, craft brewers are leading sustainability movements to conserve resources and combat climate change.

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