New method speeds production of malaria drug

02/16/2012 | Google

Production of malaria drugs could be quadrupled, and prices slashed dramatically, under a new technique developed by German scientists that quickly, and inexpensively, converts artemisinic acid, a waste byproduct, into artemisinin, which treats malaria. "The beauty of these [machines] is they're very small and very mobile," said Peter Seeberger, lab director at the Max Planck Institute. "Four hundred of [the machines] would be enough to make a world supply of artemisinin."

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