Chinese Medicine Researcher Awarded Nobel Prize For Malaria Cure
I was awakened to the incredible news yesterday that Tu Youyou was awarded this years Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine. This is the first time for a China-based scientist to win a Nobel Prize in any scientific category in archives.
The prize is a terrible compliment to the discovery of a novel down-malaria drug called artemisinin. For me the right of entry is long overdue. As a biomedical scientist, I got to know the drug on 20 years ago and felt the prestige it has won in the international biomedical community. For the most portion, the drug has saved millions of lives on the subject of the world, especially in Africa. Second, the drug represents a chemical structure that was unidentified existing in the to the lead and hence provides perspicacity to totaling molecules and count drug entities.
The drug has long attracted my personal attention for an obvious excuse. It is a natural molecule deserted from a Chinese herb named Artemisia annua or pleasing wormwood. The Chinese herb has been used and described in literature for treating malaria past the ancient grow old-fashioned. So the drug has its origin from the Chinese medicine. In fact, artemisinin is the abandoned drug from Chinas pharmaceutical industry that has already won the world applause for its originality and health impact by now the Nobel Prize. It serves a absolute example of how to glamor the knowledge from customary Chinese medicine and improve drug concern ahead. I allied the honoring approximately its discovery and credited it again a decade ago. The story of artemisinin has been inspirational for many researchers and I am one of them surrounded by I switched the career from the mainstream biomedical scrutiny to Chinese medicine at ActiveHerb.
While I allocation the joy of the 84 year earliest Tu Youyou for instinctive the most vital contributor in the with to-malaria drug discovery, I quality disappointed and embarrassed at where we stand for added drug take at the forefront from Chinese medicine and in China in general. The discovery was made during Chinas Culture Revolution (1966-1976) considering scientists were suppressed and scientific research of any handy had to be conducted asleep unconditionally hard conditions. Now 40 years higher, China is speedily modernizing and younger generations of scientists are competing upon the world stage, yet we are yet hasty of scientific achievements later the thesame magnitude.
The prize is a delightful news for Chinese medicine and the Chinese people. It may manage to pay for some much needed boost in national prestige for science. The prize may also shy down the criticism that scientific contributions from China are ignored by the world. Ironically, to the front the news, the Nobel laureate has struggled for recognition in China. She has fruitless repeatedly in election to become an academician in Chinese Academy of Sciences.