BERLIN – Scientists at the Max-Planck-Institute have made a step forward in the fight against malaria. They have a method found to be the active ingredient against the tropical disease, artemisinin-based, faster, more efficient, and therefore cheaper, to produce than so far from the plant zomeralsem (Artemisia annua), and also even more environmentally friendly. “This development has the potential of millions of lives to save”, said managing director Peter Seeberger Wednesday.
Malaria, transmitted by mosquitoes, belongs with tuberculosis and hiv the deadliest infectious diseases. According to the world health organization WHO were there in 2016, approximately 216 million new infections; of 445,000 people died, of whom almost 90 percent are Africans.
For the isolation of artemisinin-based from zomeralsem got the Chinese Tu Youyou in 2015 the Nobel prize for Medicine. The new German technique, according to Seeberger a “breakthrough in the production.” The University of Wageningen was also at the artemisinin-based gene build in endive (chicory).
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