In Search Of Drugs From the Ocean

by Medindia Content Team on  December 15, 2004 at 12:47 PM Research News
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In Search Of Drugs From the Ocean
Researchers say most of the existing drugs on the market are losing their effectiveness, since most of them are derived from soil bacteria hence researchers feel that the ocean is a new place to look for miracle drugs.
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More than 1 million microorganisms fill every milliliter of seawater. Each one could lead to a life-saving treatment for some of our deadliest diseases. Many marine organisms are already in development to benefit humans. Bryozoans, gastropods and sponges work against cancer. Marine fungus is an anti-inflammatory, and sea whips fight tuberculosis. Currently, there are about 30 marine-derived pharmaceuticals in various stages of clinical trials.

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Researchers say they are uncovering new microorganisms on a weekly basis and they feel that there is some relevant medical application of some of these microorganisms. In conclusion researchers say they can look forward to the day when the microorganisms lurking the sea could improve human health worldwide.
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