Scientists have modified a plant’s genetic sequence to make it produce high levels of a key malaria drug, potentially helping meet the large global demand.
- Paul Rincon
The team identified genes involved in making artemisinin, altering their activity to produce three times more of the drug than “normal” plants make.
The shrubs don’t produce enough of the chemical in their leaves.
“Nearly half of the world’s population is at risk of malaria,” said co…