An article titled 'Discovery and Engineering of the cocaine biosynthetic pathway' has been published in the Journal of the american chemical society.
For the people not at home in bioscience, I'll write down my take:
In essence, it boils down to: Scientists have found the way to make any plant produce cocaine precursor. To make yeast do it too.
This means that production is no longer limited to the tropical regions in the world.
This means that cartels are going to lose their source of income.
This means that, if done right, production and transportation costs are going to drop to nearly zero.
There's a storm coming.