Tu Youyou

Pharmaceutical chemist Tu Youyou’s discovery of a new malaria treatment has saved millions of lives. Youyou, who studied traditional Chinese and herbal medicines, found a reference in ancient medical texts to using sweet wormwood to treat intermittent fevers–a symptom of malaria.  Youyou and her research team were able to extract a malaria-inhibiting substance called artemisinin […]

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