Can Your Family Recipe Fight Malaria?

This wasn't your average classroom experiment. 

Children at a North London school were asked to bring in samples of family soup recipes from around the world—Imperial College London researchers tested them for malaria-fighting powers.

Some of these home broth remedies were pretty powerful against the P. falciparumparasite, showcasing the power of natural remedies.

56 soups were tested; 5 blocked the growth of the disease-causing parasite by 50%; 2 worked about as well as a leading antimalarial; 4 slashed male parasites’ sexual development in half. The next challenge is a big one: isolating the malaria-fighting ingredient, CNN reports.

But the study’s real strength was helping children think through the value of evidence.

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