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‘Groundbreaking research’ in Myanmar fight against malaria

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A team of scientists coordinated by the World Health Organisation (WHO) has announced groundbreaking research into the spread of malaria in Myanmar. 

Funded by the University of Maryland in the USA, the researchers published an article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal on Dec 17 saying they have identified several promising genetic markers that could be used to develop tests to identify and track the spread of artemisinin-resistant malaria.

Supported by US federal funds, the research team said that, in addition to tracking the spread of the disease, they will train local investigators in cutting-edge molecular and pharmacology lab practices to help Myanmar cope with the problem.

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