Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Philosophy Wire: Malaria evolves, human medicine doesn’t?

Philosophy Wire by Spiros Kakos [2012-04-10]: Scientists have found new resistant strains of the malaria parasite, which set the whole effort to fight the disease at risk [source: BBC News]. For many years now the most effective drugs against malaria have been derived from the Chinese plant, Artemisia annua. It is also known as sweet wormwood. Malaria seems to be evolving. Human medicine does not share the same path… For how much more will we fantasize about having “modern medicine” when all our basic drugs are based on natural herbs “primitives” knew years ago?

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