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222: Trophic Cascade (radio)worldoceanobservatory.org | 07 Jun 2013
A trophic cascade is an ecological phenomenon triggered by the addition or removal of top predators, involving changes in populations of both predator and prey through the food chain which often results in dramatic changes in the ecosystem. Shark, manta ray, totoaba, bahaba: all are aggressively...
Coral reefs: Underwater pharmacies (video)bbc.com | 21 Mar 2013
Since many of the creatures on the reef are stationary, many have evolved chemical defences to protect themselves from predators. These potent weapons may also hold the key to new medicines to treat everything from cancer and Alzheimers disease to viruses and arthritis.
Sea bed to be mined for antibioticsBBC | 15 Feb 2013
Scientists are to hunt for new antibiotics at the bottom of the ocean in an £8m project led by experts at Aberdeen University.
Sea urchin 'trick' captures CO2BBC World Service | 05 Feb 2013
The natural ability of sea urchins to absorb CO2 could be a model for an effective carbon capture and storage system, researchers say.
Tomorrow's life-saving medications may currently be living at the bottom of the seaEurekAlert | 29 Jan 2013
(Oregon Health & Science University) Two new research papers demonstrate how the next class of powerful medications may currently reside at the bottom of the ocean. In both cases, the researchers were focused on ocean-based mollusks - a category of animal that includes snails, clams and squid and their bacterial companions.
Marine 'treasure trove' could bring revolution in medicine and industryGuardian Unlimited | 10 Nov 2012
Scientists have pinpointed a new treasure trove in our oceans: micro-organisms that contain millions of previously unknown genes and thousands of new families of proteins. These tiny marine wonders offer a chance to exploit a vast pool of material that could be used to create innovative medicines, industrial solvents, chemical treatments and other processes, scientists say.
Marine Microbes vs. Cystic FibrosisWoods Hole Oceanographic Institution | 09 Mar 2012
WHOI microbiologist Tracy Mincer searches the ocean for specialized microbes that could one day help doctors combat the deadly disease cystic fibrosis.
Deep blue seairishtimes.com | 16 Dec 2011
WHEN YOU look out at the ocean, what do you see? On a calm day the sea can seem uniform, almost drab. And from the vantage point of dry land, many of us just let our minds skim the surface, not imagining what could lie beneath. But what curious creatures, forces, foods and even medicines exist there, as yet undiscovered?
Sunscreen pill could be available within five years, scientists sayGuardian Unlimited | 31 Aug 2011
A secret from the sea could lead to a pill that prevents sunburn within five years, say scientists.British researchers have uncovered the unique way coral shields itself against harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays.They believe the discovery could pave the way for a sunscreen revolution with a tablet that protects both skin and eyes.
Atlantic cod survive without 'vital' immune genes, say scientistsGuardian Unlimited | 10 Aug 2011
Atlantic cod have evolved to survive without a set of genes that scientists thought were essential to the immune system, according to an analysis of the fish's genome. Researchers hope the finding will lead to better vaccines for farmed cod - protecting declining fish stocks – and may even open new avenues of medical research for human disease.
Seaweed may provide new drugs to fight the malaria parasiteGuardian Unlimited | 21 Feb 2011
A type of tropical seaweed may hold the key to producing the next generation of treatments for malaria, say scientists. The seaweed contains a compound that it uses to fight off fungal infections, but it has now shown promise against malaria as well.
Health News - New Drugs from the Venoms of Marine Snailshealthcanal.com | 17 Feb 2011
Baldomero Olivera studies chemical compounds found in the venoms of marine cone snails, a potential source of powerful, yet safe and effective drugs. He will discuss the development of Prialt - an FDA-approved drug for intractable, chronic pain - and the potential for new drugs during a free public lecture at the University of Utah.
Marine biotech industry could grow by 12% per year in EuropeScienceDaily.com | 13 Dec 2010
Innovation inspired by sea life is essential to tackling Europe's grand challenges according to a new report. Marine biotech currently represents a 2.8 billion euro market globally, with potential to grow up to 12% annually if industry and academics work together.
Shedding light on the cinderellas of the deep seaenvironmental-expert.com | 24 Aug 2010
Ocean sponges from shallower waters have already been shown to be valuable sources for new medicinal drugs to treat cancers and for antibiotics, and it is expected that deepwater sponges will be equally valuable, if not more so.