After the news that Tu Youyou, an 84-year-old Chinese scientist, had been awarded a Nobel Prize for an anti-malaria drug she found in the 1960s, China rejoiced. It was the country's first such Nobel honor for a scientist who was born, bred and trained in China.
However, amid the celebration, which even included Premier Li Keqiang saying the award was a victory or traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), critical voices were also heard.
A major point of contention was whether Tu's victory vindicated TCM, and others pointed out Chinese classical texts guided her to her discovery. The topic once again raises questions about the effectiveness and scientific basis of TCM and its standing versus so-called Western medicine.