Scientists from England and Japan report they may have determined how
powerful antimalarial drugs called artemisinins exert their killing power
on the Plasmodium falciparum parasite, a finding
that could aid the development of new drugs to treat malaria (Nature. 2003;424;957-961).
Artemisinins have become increasingly important as resistance to the
most commonly used antimalarial medicines increases. First developed by Chinese
scientists in the 1970s, these drugs' mode of action was unknown.
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