Artemether is an antimalarial for the treatment of multiple drug-resistant strains of Plasmodium falciparum malaria. It is a semisynthetic derivative of Artemisinin which was discovered by Tu Youyou, a Chinese scientist, who was awarded half of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Medicine for her discovery. Treatments containing an artemisinin derivative (artemisinin-combination therapies, ACTs) are now standard treatment worldwide for P. falciparum malaria. Artemisinin is isolated from the plant Artemisia annua, sweet wormwood, an herb employed in Chinese traditional medicine. A precursor compound can be produced using genetically engineered yeast.
In this model 1 Angstrom is represented by 10 mm. In the "small" model, 1 Angstrom is represented by 5 mm.