Cardiff Uni's new way of making compounds for drugs

Cardiff Uni's new way of making compounds for drugs
Cardiff Uni's new way of making compounds for drugs

Researchers in Cardiff have developed a new "highly-efficient" method of making disease-fighting compounds, including for a leading anti-malaria drug.

Sesquiterpenes can be found in spicy foods, plants and beer, and are used to battle colds, cancer and malaria.

A Cardiff University team said it could synthesize them more quickly and cost-effectively than before.

Prof Rudolf Allemann said it was "a major new development" in synthetic chemistry.

The method has allowed the team to almost double the usual production yield of a compound which is used to make artemisinin - the anti-malaria drug for which the Nobel Prize in Medicine was awarded in 2015 -which is not widely available in some parts of the world.

BBC

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