23 November 2017

High school students learn to find new malaria medicine in the rain forest

This news is redirected and translated by The Secretariat for Development Cooperation at SCIENCE from the Natural History Museum of Denmark.

Today scientists know that known medicine plants relatives often contain similar agents, which potentially can be developed into new medical drugs. This is why the family trea of the plants (fylogenier) is the scientists most important tool in the quest for new medecine. THE TREA OF LIFE (LIVETS TRÆ in Danish) is a new digital educational tool developed by the Natural History Museum of Denmark, where Danish high school students follow the tracks of malaria researchers. Here students will create family trees based on plants from the rain forest the same way researchers do and thus try to create a path for new malaria medicine.

Read the whole article here (in Danish only).

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