One More Reason to Conserve the Ocean

Abel Pharmboy over at Terra Sigillata has a nice write up about Therapeutic Natural Products from the Sea. The ocean fauna is the potential host to several “sources of compounds that can be used as therapeutic agents.” These include drugs to treat some cancers and leukemias. The better news is that most of these drugs, after originally being isolated from marine animals, are now derived synthetically removing the need to further harvest. It is really a win-win…win situation. Low impact to marine systems, cures for diseases, and one hell of reason to conserve ocean environments.