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Oceanic Cornucopia

The Oceanic Cornucopia

X-Ray Magazine article |  
For millennia, mankind has been obtaining nourishment from the oceans, not only from fish and shellfish but also from the various types of plant life. The oceans are also home to some of the most pois
13 - Oct 2006 | Medicins from the Ocean

Crab shells may heal spinal injuries

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Material from crushed up crab and shrimp shells can restore electrical function to damaged guinea pig spinal cords, suggesting it may one day serve as a treatment for spinal cord injuries

Zebrafish could hold the key to a cure for heart failure

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The British Heart Foundation is to begin a major new research programme to find a cure for heart failure, a condition affecting 750,000 UK people. The charity hopes to harness the miraculous healing abilities of zebrafish, a species that is able to mend its own heart muscle.

Could starfish hold a cure for inflammation?

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British scientists believe the spiny starfish could hold the key to finding a new treatment for inflammatory conditions such as asthma, hay fever and arthritis.

Tunicate ‘hair’ could help repair damaged muscles

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Ancient species possesses incredible regeneration properties.

Dogfish shark chemical stops human viruses

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Researchers report that squalamine—an antibiotic isolated from dogfish sharks—is also active against a broad spectrum of human viral pathogens

Coral could hold key to new sunscreen

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Researchers at King’s College London have discovered how coral produces natural sunscreen compounds to protect itself from damaging UV rays, leading scientists to believe these compounds could form the basis of a new type of sunscreen for humans.

Marine sponge drug extends breast cancer survival

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A new agent derived from a marine sponge can extend the survival rates of women with locally recurrent or metastatic breast cancer who already received extensive standard therapy.

Myth debunked: Shark cartilage has no benefit in cancer

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Shark cartilage was once widely promoted as an anti-cancer agent and is still via the Internet for that purpose, based on the mistaken belief that sharks do not get cancer. But the first clinical trial of a shark cartilage product shows that it has no value at all.

Tunicates may hold key in Alzheimer's research

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The unassuming tunicate has taken centre stage in the search for a cure for Alzheimer's disease.
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