Dr. Marcel Haspars from University of Aberdeen said sponges, soft corals and sea lilies all have natural compounds responsible for allowing normal cell death that switches off some cancerous cells.
“We have only scratched the surface of the chemical diversity in the ocean,” says Hendrik Luesch, an assistant professor in University of Florida’s department of medicinal chemistry. He has several anti-tumor products in the pipeline that’s derived from cyanobacteria that grow on coral reefs found off the coast of Key Largo. “The opportunities for marine drug discovery are spectacular.”
Lynette Summerill is an award-winning writer and marine fanatic living Scottsdale, Arizona. In addition to writing about cancer-related issues, she writes a blog, Nonsmoking Nation, which follows global tobacco news and events. When not writing, she is dreaming about her next diving expedition.