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New Life for Ancient Malaria Remedy

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A Burmese boy suffering from malaria is held by his mother at a special clinic for malaria. Credit: Paula Bronstein / iStockphoto

By Nick Klonis & Leann Tilley

The parasite responsible for malaria is developing resistance to a frontline drug that was first used in China more than 2000 years ago. By determining how artemisinin works, scientists may have just opened a new battlefront in the war against malaria.

Nick Klonis is a Senior Research Fellow andr Leann Tilley is a Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Bio21 Institute, The University of Melbourne.

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