The award of Nobel Prize to Madam Youyou TU from China for the discovery of artemisinin and its derivatives (ART) that has led to the cure of millions of malaria patients has rekindled the interest in natural products as a source of potent drugs. Curcumin from turmeric has a huge potential to cure several diseases and this article provides the basis for its use in combination with ART to cure malaria and many other diseases.
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G Padmanaban is a former Director of the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru. He is credited with the introduction of recominant DNA technology in India and established the multicellular role of heme in a variety of systems. His group also established the heme biosynthetic pathway in the malaria parasite. His studies have led to the potential use of curcumin to treat malaria.