Scientists Discover Gene That Doubles Production of Malaria Drug in Artemisia Annua Plant

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Scientists at the Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics (CRAG) and Sequentia Biotech S.L. have been able to double the production of artemisinin using genetic engineering. Artemisinin and its synthetic derivatives are used to treat malaria. Low levels of artemisinin in plants and the high cost of synthetic production have made this treatment expensive. Artemisinin has also been found to have anti-tumor potential.

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Photo of Keith Edmisten, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDr. Keith EdmistenProfessor of Crop Science & Extension Cotton Specialist (919) 515-4069 keith_edmisten@ncsu.eduCrop & Soil Sciences - NC State University
Posted on Apr 1, 2017
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