Genetic fingerprints can track drug resistance in malaria parasites
- 29 April 2013
Resistance to the frontline malaria drug artemisinin can be identified by surveying the genomes of malaria parasite populations, a worldwide research collaboration has shown.
The effectiveness of artemisinin – this key drug against malaria – is weakening, threatening hundreds of thousands of lives. It is a major objective of the World Health Organization to stop the spread of malaria parasites that are resistant to drugs.