Nobel Winner's Story Highlights Flaw in How China Picks Top Academicians

By staff reporter Zhang Yan

(Beijing) – A medical researcher has become the first Chinese national to win a Nobel Prize in scientific research, and one expert says her victory highlights flaws in how China chooses members of its prestigious academies.

The Nobel Committee of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm announced on October 5 that Tu Youyou was among three winners chosen to share this year's prize in medicine or physiology for her contribution to the discovery of qinghaosu or artemisinin, an antimalarial drug.

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