On the other hand, democratizing drug manufacture sounds scary. "People are trying to figure out potential abuses of this powerful technology," says Kenneth Oye, a political scientist at MIT. "It is hard to put stuff back in bottles after the fact." In theory, once Smolke refines the process, anyone with an undergraduate biology degree could start an underground dope lab. Picture Breaking Bad but with yeast. Drug agencies, Oye says, are not remotely prepared to handle a flood of synthetic opiates.