Colored scanning electron micrograph of baker's yeast, conventionally grown in the lab. So far, researchers have been able to synthesize six of the yeast's 16 chromosomes from scratch, and think they may be able to complete all 16 by 2018. Dennis Kunkel Microscopy/Science Source hide caption

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Scientists Closer To Creating A Fully Synthetic Yeast Genome

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This fungus among us — baker's yeast, aka Saccharomyces cerevisiae — is useful for more than just making bread. iStockphoto hide caption

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You And Yeast Have More In Common Than You Might Think

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Allagash Brewing microbiologist and head of quality control Zach Bodah's favorite microscope picture of Brettanomyces (taken in house). The culture comes from Confluence Ale and is a blend of the Allagash house yeast and Brett yeast. Courtesy of Zach Bodah/Allagash hide caption

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Kombucha made by artisan tea brewer Bill Bond in Akron, Ohio, comes in an array of flavors, such as lemongrass, ginger, blueberry and watermelon. Peggy Turbett/The Plain Dealer /Landov hide caption

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Kombucha: Magical Health Elixir Or Just Funky Tea?

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You'll be seeing more of this white foamy stuff on top of the beers of the future, thanks to a recent genetic discovery. Enrico Boscariol/iStockphoto hide caption

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