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Last week at MalariaWorld: And the Nobel Prize goes to…

October 21, 2016 - 12:14 -- Ingeborg van Schayk

Artemisinin unraveled
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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