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Several promising drugs from the sea that might be used to treat leukemia including one from a creature called bugula which clings to the bottoms of boats are involved in human trials the ocean is by far the major habitat on the planet its 70 percent of earths surface explains fenical its teeming with unique organismsdrugs from the sea a primary goal of the harbor branch marine biomedical and biotechnology research program is to discover marine natural products with utility as medicines or as tools to allow us to better understand the molecular basis of disease natural products or secondary metabolites are small organic molecules produced by organisms a simplistic analysis of these data reveals that as the search for drugs from the sea progresses at the rate of a 10 percent increase in new compounds per year researchers are concentrating their efforts on slow moving or sessile invertebrate phyla that have soft bodies and lack of spines or a shell ie animals that require a chemical in fact the hunt for these molecules is a whole scientific field very simplistically if we can find new members of this group of bacteriafrom say arctic sedimentthen we may be able to the importance of drugs from the sea fox news health talk with dr manny and the medicine hunter the nature conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people learn more about the worlds most varied coral reefs and how this great

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