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June 20th, 2016 / Science, US

Tobacco, the plant responsible for the most preventable deaths worldwide, may soon become the primary weapon against one of the world’s deadliest diseases. Researchers have engineered tobacco plants to produce the chemical precursor to artemisinin, the best antimalarial drug on the market. Artemisinin is naturally made in tiny amounts by a small brownish plant called Artemisia annua. Read more