The Discovery Of A New Treatment Against Malaria

1017 WordsOct 14, 20165 Pages
TU YOUYOU. Tu Youyou was born in Ningbo, Zhejiang Province, China on 30th December 1930. (Rogers 2016). According to Nobelprize.org (2016), She is married and blessed with two daughters. None of her parents were into medicine but they recognised the value of education and fully supported her. She schooled at Peking University School of Medicine from 1952 till 1955 in the department of Pharmaceutical Science (Edubilla.com 2015). According to her autobiography, she had tuberculosis when she was 16 years which made her stop schooling for close to two years. This event influenced her to want to become a medical researcher. After she finished from Peking in 1955, she was delegated to work in the Institute of Chinese Materia Medica of the newly established Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine under the China Ministry of Health (Youyou 2016). She is no a chief scientist at China Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine. (Nobelprize.org 2016). Her main scientific breakthrough is the discovery of a new treatment against malaria. (Mai, 2015). When all attempts to kill malaria failed and the disease was rapidly increasing in the 1960s, Tu turned to traditional herbal medicine to curtail the plague. “Tu was the first to show that a component extracted from the plant Artemisia annua, later called artemisinin, was highly effective against the disease”. (Mai, 2015). She received a novel prize in medicine for this discovery, hence becoming the first female Chinese recipient of the
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