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Youyou Tu shares Nobel prize in medicine for malaria research

Pharmacologist Youyou Tu. REUTERS/Stringer

This year’s Nobel Prize in medicine has been awarded to three scientists for their groundbreaking research on parasitic diseases. William C. Campbell, from Ireland, and Satoshi Ōmura, from Japan, received the honor for discovering Avermectin, a drug against infections caused by roundworm parasites. They share the prize with Youyou Tu, a Chinese medical scientist who discovered Artemisinin, a drug which has significantly reduced mortality rates among patients suffering from malaria. Youyou Tu is the 12th woman to win this prize, and the first ever Chinese medicine laureate.

“The two discoveries have provided humankind with powerful new means to combat these debilitating diseases that affect hundreds of millions of people annually,” the committee explained their decision. “The consequences in terms of improved human health and reduced suffering are immensurable.”

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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