Genetically modified plant may boost supply of a powerful malaria drug

Researchers tripled the amount of artemisinin naturally produced by sweet wormwood

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GREEN MEDICINE  Derived from sweet wormwood plants, the antimalarial compound artemisinin usually composes 0.1 to 1 percent of the dry weight of the leaves. New research more than triples a plant’s yield of artemisinin, to 3.2 percent.

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