About Careers Internship MedBlog Contact us

Mud from the Deepest Place on Earth, Researchers Hope, Could Hold Key to New Cures

by Tanya Thomas on August 4, 2010 at 11:15 AM
 Mud from the Deepest Place on Earth, Researchers Hope, Could Hold Key to New Cures

The deepest place on Earth - the Mariana Trench - is where researchers are looking for new drug discoveries, using one of the world's most advanced microscopic scanners to study bacteria taken from mud samples taken from these remote spots.

The findings could pave the way for the creation of life-saving drugs by harnessing the potential of marine organisms, according to the study involving scientists at IBM Research in Zurich and Aberdeen University.


Aberdeen University's Marine Biodiscovery Centre was established to explore the use of ocean resources in treating diseases from cancer to bacterial infections, reports the Scotsman.

Since last year its researchers have been investigating a bacterium taken from a mud sample from the trench, almost seven miles below the surface of the Pacific.

The pressure-tolerant bacterium, Dermacoccus abyssi, produced a mystery chemical compound that has now been identified using a scanning technique developed by IBM Research in Switzerland.

Professor Marcel Jaspars, director of the discovery centre, said the collaboration could open new possibilities in drug discovery and treatments.

Source: ANI
Font : A-A+



Latest Research News

Brain Circuits That Shape Bedtime Rituals in Mice
New study sheds light on the intrinsic, yet often overlooked, role of sleep preparation as a hardwired survival strategy.
NELL-1 Protein Aids to Reduce Bone Loss in Astronauts
Microgravity-induced bone loss in space, can be reduced by systemic delivery of NELL-1, a protein required for bone growth and its maintenance.
Connecting Genetic Variants to the Alzheimer's Puzzle
Researchers establish connections between Alzheimer's-linked genetic alterations and the functioning of brain cells.
Gene Therapy Sparks Spinal Cord Regeneration
Team at NeuroRestore introduces a groundbreaking gene therapy that has effectively promoted nerve regrowth and reconnection, post spinal cord injury.
Unlocking the Gut Microbiome's Influence on Bone Density
Scientists aim to pinpoint particular functional pathways affected by these bacteria that may have an impact on skeletal health.
View All
This site uses cookies to deliver our services.By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use  Ok, Got it. Close
Greetings! How can I assist you?MediBot

Mud from the Deepest Place on Earth, Researchers Hope, Could Hold Key to New Cures Personalised Printable Document (PDF)

Please complete this form and we'll send you a personalised information that is requested

You may use this for your own reference or forward it to your friends.

Please use the information prudently. If you are not a medical doctor please remember to consult your healthcare provider as this information is not a substitute for professional advice.

Name *

Email Address *

Country *

Areas of Interests