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Sunday, August 22, 2004

 

Synthetic drug offers malaria hope

`Artemisinin, a compound extracted from sweet wormwood (Artemisia annua), has been used for more than 1500 years in traditional Chinese medicine to treat fevers. Over the past few decades, combinations of artemisinin derivatives such as artesunate and artemether have proved highly effective against malaria.

Now, a synthetic drug, with apparently similar properties to artemisinin, has been produced [..]’




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