The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2015 went (partial) to the Chinese Youyou Tu for the discovery of artemisinin as an anti-malarial drug. Pierre Lutgen explains that the Serbs described the use of artemisinin before the Chinese did… Read the blog “Artemisinin first discovered by the Serbs long before the Chinese” here.
Artemisinin, however, is not yet available to all in need. It is very costly to extract and purify the drug from Artemisia annua. A study, published on 20 October in Molecular Plant, now demonstrates that the tobacco plant can be engineered to synthesise artemisinin. Will this become an affordable alternative anti-malaria drug? Read The Molecular Plant article “Compartmentalized Metabolic Engineering for Artemisinin Biosynthesis and Effective Malaria Treatment by Oral Delivery of Plant Cells” here.
Reminder deadline EOI promotion of south-centred collabotations in VBD's
Kindly be reminded that the deadline for the EOI regarding the promotion of south-centred collabotations in vector-borne diseases is approaching (3rd November). If you are interested to contrube then read the full announcement ‘Promoting south-centred collaborations in vector-borne diseases’ here.
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This quarterly report, produced by Vector Works, is meant to update the malaria community in general, and particularly those interested in vector control, on recently published research related to the improvement or development of new or alternative vector control tools. The report summarizes relevant new studies and highlights possible interpretations and implications, and it provides links to the original work. Aspects of indoor residual spraying are not included here as they are addressed in another newsletter (http://www.africairs.net). Read on to discover the exciting new contributions to the vector control field.
The message below, from Dr. Pedro Alonso, the Director of WHO's Global Malaria Programme was circulated today, 24 October 2015.