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Du Runsheng taught China how to feed itself

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There was great excitement in China over the award of a Nobel Prize to a Chinese pharmacologist for deriving the antimalarial drug artemisinin from a plant used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), as Denis Normile reported in Science from Shanghai. Was this a victory for traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), as the government maintained? The question at last week’s press conference announcing the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine sparked a frisson of tension in the staid Stockholm hall…. [A] Chinese reporter asked: “Can we say this is the first time you award [recognition to] TCM?” “We are not giving a