Malaria: formal identification of the artemisinin resistance gene


Together with teams from Columbia University (USA), CNRS in Toulouse and NIH/NIAID (USA), Institut Pasteur scientists based in Paris and Cambodia have recently provided the key demonstration that K13 is indeed the main determinant of artemisinin resistance in Plasmodium falciparum parasites. This work is a landmark for the scientific community, as it provides a validated molecular marker for artemisinin resistance, which currently poses a major public health problem. This work is published in the journal Science.

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