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Nobel Prizes and Laureates

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2015
William C. Campbell, Satoshi Ōmura, Youyou Tu

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Youyou Tu - Facts

Youyou Tu

Youyou Tu

Born: 30 December 1930, Zhejiang Ningpo, China

Affiliation at the time of the award: China Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Beijing, China

Prize motivation: "for her discoveries concerning a novel therapy against Malaria"

Prize share: 1/2

A Novel Therapy against Malaria

A number of serious infectious diseases are caused by parasites spread by insects. Malaria is caused by a single-cell parasite that causes severe fever. Traditional Chinese medicine uses sweet wormwood to treat fever. In the 1970s, after studies of traditional herbal medicines, Youyou Tu managed to extract a substance, artemisinin, which inhibits the malaria parasite. Drugs based on artemisinin have led to the survival and improved health of millions of people.

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