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Sweet wormwood and artemisinin

To mark World Malaria Day on 25 April, our pick this week looks at the origins and uses of artemisinin, one of our key tools in the fight against malaria. Created using the sweet wormwood plant, it’s been part of traditional Chinese medicine for hundreds of years. Today, it’s the first-choice antimalarial drug – but faces the threat of resistance.  

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