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WPI wins NIH grant to study components of a potentially potent, low-cost malaria treatment
Date:7/15/2014

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While the NIH-funded project progresses, Weathers is also working with several groups in Africa and the United States to establish a new economic model for using whole plant therapy to combat malaria. She envisions local operations where farmers grow the high-producing cultivars of Artemisia that she and others have developed as a supplemental crop and deliver the leaves to processing stations, where they would be dried, pulverized, and homogenized, and where the powder would be placed in capsules or compacted into tablets for distribution to local populations.

"The beauty of all this is that the plant is easy to grow in most areas and the production process is relatively simple," Weathers said. "It could be an important boost for local economies and for the health of local populations."


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Contact: Michael Cohen
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508-868-4778
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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