04 Jun '11, 8pm

Endangered coral reefs could cure cancer, writes marine scientist @stephwear in this @WholeLiving post

The following post was originally published on Martha Stewart’s WholeLiving.com My aunt Sylvia. My dear childhood friend, Danielle. Three of my grandparents. A close friend’s husband. My colleague. All of these people near and dear to my heart have battled cancer, some successfully, some not. Chances are we all have someone close to us who has gone through this terrible disease. We walk, run, bike, and swim at events in their honor to support efforts to find a cure. And we should; it’s that important. But there’s something else we can do that can help preserve the building blocks of new, and potentially life-saving, medicines : We can save our coral reefs. Coral reefs have an incredible diversity of life—from plants, animals and fungi down to the tiniest micro-organism. And this diversity holds so much potential for medical research. In fact, we are 300 to 400 times more l...

Full article: http://blog.nature.org/2011/06/how-endangered-coral-reefs...

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