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Youyou Tu searched ancient literature on herbal medicine in her quest to develop novel malaria therapies. The plant Artemisia annua was a candidate, and Tu purified the active agent, Artemisinin, a drug that is remarkably effective against Malaria.
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First published in the October 05, 2015, 1:02 p.m. edition

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