Cropwatch Newsletter 4 - Red Alert Issue 


§9. Artemisinin Project from Non-GM Artemisia annua.


The Centre for Novel Plant Compounds at the University of York has received a $13.6 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to complete fast-track breeding of Artemisia annua by non-GM means to produce artemisinin for incorporation into ACT’s (Artemisinin Combination Therapies). Details can be seen at


Cropwatch previously reported on Keasling’s work at the University of California using artemisininic acid from GM yeast cells as a precursor to artemisinin ( using $43 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Here’s secretly hoping that the York University non-GM route proves the winner!


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