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Thu, 23rd Jun 2016

Tobacco can help treat malaria

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Tobacco might kill millions every year, but it may also save hundreds of millions. Researchers from Max Planck Institute in Germany developed a genetically engineered tobacco plant which can produce an effective anti-malaria drug, known as artemisinin. But low cost artemisinin based drugs are in short supply because of the high cost of obtaining the drug chemically. Dr Paulina Fuentes  spoke with Lucka Bibic about her mission to investigate how tobacco plants may light up the way to beat malaria.

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