Wednesday, 20 January 2010
Researchers have mapped the genes of Artemisia annua to allow selection of high-yield varieties. Artemisinin combination therapies, or ATCs, are used widely to treat malaria and are seen as the best solution to the disease. ACTs are expensive and demand threatens to outstrip supply.
Plant breeding, new drugs and clever ways to make artemisinin in the lab are the answer, according to world experts.
Scientists hope a better supply of the drug might also help with the problem of fake drugs being distributed.
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