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Protect the coral reefs—the life you save might be your own. Great Q&A from @grist:

Protect the coral reefs—the life you save might be your own. Great Q&A from @grist:

Photo: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service -- Pacific Region Coral reefs are in big trouble worldwide -- and that's not just bad news for snorkelers. It could mean death instead of life for millions of people ... maybe even you. Here's why: Coral already provides the elemental compounds for a growing number of crucial medicines and health products -- ranging from antiviral drugs like Ara-A and AZT to anti-inflammatories, painkillers, and even sunblocks. But science is in a race against time: We've just started to plumb the depths of coral's potential to attack the world's health issues ... only to have many reefs on the brink of disaster from threats like warming oceans and overfishing. So who better than two doctors to make the case for coral as a life preserver? Bruce Chabner , professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and director of clinical research at Massachusetts Ge...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/article/2011-05-12-protect-the-coral...

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