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Scientific Research in Herbal Medicine

Professor Tu is one of the foremost natural product scientists in the world. Her work at the Institute Chinese Materia Medica of the China Academy of Chinese Medical Science led to the development of a first-line anti-malaria drug, artemisinin, an extract of the Chinese herb, Qinghao.


Artemisinin and its family of drugs are now employed for antimalarial therapy in many countries. Professor Tu explained the complex procedures involved in conducting the comprehensive studies in her efforts to achieve the most important breakthrough.


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