11 Nov '11, 3pm

The magical wonderful world of the coral reef is ending… and it's all our fault.

Coral reefs are one of the most biodiverse marine ecosystem on the planet – even more than tropical rainforests. Although they only cover about 0.2% of the world’s oceans, they’re home to about one quarter of all marine fish species . This dense biodiversity offer a treasure trove of life-saving medicinal compounds. The active ingredients of some recently-approved drugs were discovered from organisms living within coral reefs, including Halaven , a drug to treat breast cancer that was derived from sponges (below left) found in coral reefs off the coast of New Zealand, and the prescription pain medication Prialt , which was derived from the cone snail Conus magus (below right) found in tropical reefs worldwide.

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/dnewman/within_the_next...

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