Thursday, June 30, 2016
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

Does sea floor hold key to new medications ?


Posted on Thursday, 31 January, 2013 | Comment icon 13 comments


Image credit: Rubén Laguna

 
Creatures living at the bottom of the sea could provide powerful new ways to fight infection and disease.

As the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria becomes an ever greater concern, scientists are leaving no stone unturned in researching new medications to help combat infections, illnesses and other health problems. One of the most promising places to look in this regard is the sea, or more precisely, the sea floor. Several species have been identified as potential sources of new treatments.

One such example is the shipworm, a mollusk that affixes itself to wooden boats and feeds on the hull. Researchers have discovered that bacteria used by the creature to convert the wood in to a suitable food source secretes a powerful antibiotic - something that could be particularly valuable for use on humans in the coming years.

"Sea life studies aid researchers in several ways, including the development of new medications and biofuels."

  View: Full article |  Source: Phys.org

  Discuss: View comments (13)

   


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #4 Posted by sergeantflynn on 31 January, 2013, 17:52
Wolverine , I agree . It will be stowed away by military/government to be used when they think fit . That means you and me have no chance .
Comment icon #5 Posted by WoIverine on 31 January, 2013, 19:00
Yeah, discovered in 2009: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/02/090226110743.htm
Comment icon #6 Posted by sergeantflynn on 31 January, 2013, 20:18
Yeah, discovered in 2009: http://www.scienceda...90226110743.htm Very good link .
Comment icon #7 Posted by pallidin on 31 January, 2013, 20:24
You know, I saw something on TV recently(sorry, can't remember where) which said that it can take 10-15 years before a new therapeutic drug can hit the market be it derived from nature or man-made entirely. This was respect to the US and FDA approval, I think, whereas the "active ingredients(s)" are isolated, tested, re-tested, multi-year human trials, side-effect characterizations, etc... Yes, it was in relationship to how the "Big Pharms" do things under US Law. Don't hit me for mentioning Big Pharm !! I know most of us hate them. I'm just relaying a TV story I heard...
Comment icon #8 Posted by WoIverine on 31 January, 2013, 20:46
You know, I saw something on TV recently(sorry, can't remember where) which said that it can take 10-15 years before a new therapeutic drug can hit the market be it derived from nature or man-made entirely. This was respect to the US and FDA approval, I think, whereas the "active ingredients(s)" are isolated, tested, re-tested, multi-year human trials, side-effect characterizations, etc... Yes, it was in relationship to how the "Big Pharms" do things under US Law. Don't hit me for mentioning Big Pharm !! I know most of us hate them. I'm just relaying a TV story I heard... It wouldn't surprise ... [More]
Comment icon #9 Posted by paperdyer on 31 January, 2013, 20:52
Perhaps the sponges' abilities could not be easily mimiced or only worked if you would filter the person's blood through the sponge. Interesting concept though.
Comment icon #10 Posted by pallidin on 31 January, 2013, 21:08
It wouldn't surprise me. I don't remember which agency it was, but I read that getting new electronics to market is a process as there's testing for radioactivity, and other miscellaneous things as well. I mean...really, we need to test a nintendo for radioactivity? This wasn't the wifi enabled nintendos either. lol Funny you should mention that! It's the "planar boards" in question. Planar boards are the multi-layered substrate for the electronics... the "board" itself without any electronics. For consumer electronics it's now 2-3 layers when it use to be 5. Not sure what the military does. I... [More]
Comment icon #11 Posted by WoIverine on 31 January, 2013, 23:54
Very cool, thanks for the info.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Yamato on 1 February, 2013, 1:17
It wouldn't surprise me. I don't remember which agency it was, but I read that getting new electronics to market is a process as there's testing for radioactivity, and other miscellaneous things as well. I mean...really, we need to test a nintendo for radioactivity? This wasn't the wifi enabled nintendos either. lol We should probably test everything coming out of Japan for radioactivity.
Comment icon #13 Posted by WoIverine on 1 February, 2013, 14:12
We should probably test everything coming out of Japan for radioactivity. Agreed, we should definitely test now, more than ever.


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
Forum posts:
Forum topics:
Members:

5709190
259215
160985

 
Disclosure advocate releases NORAD UFO files
6-30-2016
Victor Viggiani released the documents to the public during the Alien Cosmic Expo event on Saturday.
Scientists succeed in making their own lava
6-29-2016
A team from the State University of New York at Buffalo created their own magma as part of an experiment.
Ghostly hand turns up in 116-year-old photo
6-29-2016
A photograph taken of workers at a linen mill over a century ago appears to contain an unexpected extra.
'Lucky' plate sees driver stopped eight times
6-29-2016
A man in China got more than he bargained for when he splashed out $150,000 on the number plate '88888'.
Other news in this category
Hordes of spider crabs gather near Melbourne
Posted 6-17-2016 | 9 comments
An Australian aquatic scientist has captured footage of the crustaceans congregating in Port Phillip Bay....
 
Giant lizard tries to break in to man's house
Posted 6-16-2016 | 19 comments
A man in Thailand returned home on Wednesday to find a huge monitor lizard trying to force its way in....
 
Electric eels can jump out and attack you
Posted 6-7-2016 | 8 comments
A new study has found that electric eels are able to jump out of the water to electrocute predators....
 
Explorer finds giant earthworm in rainforest
Posted 6-6-2016 | 14 comments
Entomologist and TV host Phil Torres encountered the 4ft invertebrate during a tropical rainstorm....
 
Snails make decisions using only two neurons
Posted 6-4-2016 | 9 comments
The humble freshwater snail manages to engage in complex decision-making using only two brain cells....
 
'Baby dragon' hatches out in Slovenia cave
Posted 6-2-2016 | 14 comments
An extremely rare form of cave-dwelling salamander has emerged from its egg in Slovenia's Postojna cave....
 
Giant alligator filmed walking on golf course
Posted 5-31-2016 | 87 comments
The massive reptile took golfers completely by surprise as it casually strolled towards a nearby lake....
 
Huge sea sponge thought to be world's largest
Posted 5-29-2016 | 4 comments
Divers have discovered an ancient, minivan-sized sea sponge in an ocean ridge off the coast of Hawaii....
 
Giant squid may grow larger than a school bus
Posted 5-27-2016 | 9 comments
A new study has suggested that giant squid may actually grow to be much larger than previously believed....
 
Woman stalked by swarm of bees for 24 hours
Posted 5-25-2016 | 11 comments
Carol Howarth was shocked to discover that a swarm of 20,000 bees had followed her car all the way home....
 
Australian town is invaded by 100,000 bats
Posted 5-24-2016 | 14 comments
Batemans Bay in New South Wales has become so overrun that a state of emergency has been declared....
 

 View: More news in this category
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 Unexplained-Mysteries.com © 2001-2015
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ