EPA 2012-08-30 14:49:18 Malaria cure discovered at Drug Discovery and Development Centre (H3-D) at University of Cape Town in South Africa
A University of Cape Town (UCT) scientist works in the Drug Discovery and Development Centre (H3-D) laboratory in Cape Town, South Africa, 30 August 2012. South African Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor announced 28 August 2012 the discovery of a compound that has the potential to become a single-dose cure for all strains of Malaria. The synthetic molecule from the aminopyridine class was discovered by the H3-D scientists in collaboration with the Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) from Switzerland. Professor Kelly Chibale from UCT, leading researcher of the collaborative research project is quoted as saying the molecule had not been tested on humans yet but animal studies had shown 'potent activity against multiple points in the malaria parasite's lifecycle' This is the first compound researched in Africa to enter pre-clinical development that may lead to the single dose cure for Malaria as well as be able to block transmission of the parasite from person to person. EPA/NIC BOTHMA
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