Israeli researchers develop Malaria-fighting tobacco – Home » Other Sections » Breaking NewsPosted: February 13, 2012
The natural compound artemisin comes from the sweet wormwood plant and can fight drug-resistant malaria, but due to its small quantities and high price, millions of people cannot get access to this remedy. However, Vainstein and his colleagues spliced the wormwood enzymes that produce artemisin and bred tobacco plants that carry artemisin’s genetical code. Vainstein’s development is being marketed through the Hebrew University’s Yissum Research Development Company. “The technology provides, for the first time, the opportunity for manufacturing affordable artemisin by using tobacco plants,” said Yissum CEO Yaacov Michlin.