HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Florida frontier expedition

FT. PIERCE, Fla., May 20, 2004 -- Scientists from the new state-funded Center of Excellence in Biomedical and Marine Biotechnology will spend the next two weeks exploring never before seen sections of deepwater coral reefs rich with life off Florida's east coast and the Keys. The team, with members from Harbor Branch Oceanographic and Florida Atlantic University, will be using Harbor Branch's Johnson-Sea-Link I submersible and scuba in a search for marine creatures that produce chemicals with the potential to cure human diseases ranging from cancer to Alzheimer's.

Amazingly, vast stretches of vibrant seafloor lay unexplored just a few miles from major ports such as Miami, and the team expects to make important discoveries as they tap these previously hidden biomedical treasure troves for the first time. FAU's Department of Ocean Engineering has been using an unmanned autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) to map the area and has discovered some of the promising sites that will be explored using the submersible. Regular dispatches from the expedition and photos will be posted at Harbor Branch's @Sea website, www.at-sea.org.

"Based on past work we have every reason to believe that there are cures waiting in Florida waters for a number of diseases, the only limitation has been financial," says Dr. Amy Wright, director of Harbor Branch's Biomedical Marine Research program and a co-leader of the expedition. "Funding like this for the Center of Excellence is essential for pushing this research and Florida's marine biotechnology industry forward."

Similar expeditions by Harbor Branch off Florida and around the world have already yielded numerous chemicals that show great promise in fighting cancer, infections, and other afflictions. One, a compound called discodermolide, has proven an effective cancer cell killer, even in tumors that are resistant to Taxol, one of the best treatments currently available for breast a
'"/>

Contact: Mark Schrope
schrope@hboi.edu
772-216-0390
Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution
17-May-2004


Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Tracing genes, biologists show lizard migration is traced to Florida
2. Florida Tech earns $50,000 grant to create coral database
3. Florida Tech researchers win $912,700 grant for cell studies
4. Exploring the sights and sounds of a deepwater coral marine protected area off Florida
5. Black water turns the tide on Florida coral
6. UCF to host Florida Academy of Sciences meeting
7. Coral smothering green tide seaweed spreading on Florida reefs
8. University of Florida engineers probe shape memory alloy for better prostheses
9. Common bacteria kills elkhorn coral off Florida keys, says UGA research team
10. University of South Florida team conducts trial for HIV vaccine
11. People and fire at Floridas wildland-urban interface

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:2/2/2016)... Va. , Feb. 2, 2016   ... award from the U.S. Army Research Office and ... the range and sensitivity of the company,s ... Past Accounting Mission and, more generally, defense-related DNA ... DNA phenotyping capabilities (predicting appearance and ancestry from ...
(Date:1/28/2016)... Synaptics (NASDAQ: SYNA ), a leading developer of ... ended December 31, 2015. --> ... increased 2 percent compared to the comparable quarter last year to ... was $35.0 million, or $0.93 per diluted share. ... first quarter of fiscal 2016 grew 9 percent over the prior ...
(Date:1/22/2016)... , Jan. 22, 2016 ... the addition of the "Global Biometrics ... to their offering. --> ... the "Global Biometrics Market in Retail ... --> Research and Markets ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... February 10, 2016 , ... SonaCare Medical, LLC reports ... program, Sonalink™ remote monitoring. The inaugural launch of this new technology occurred over ... Dr. Samuel Peretsman to a HIFU technical expert at SonaCare Medical headquarters. ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... February 10, 2016 , ... Global Stem ... agreement with Singapore-based Global Stem Cells Network (GSCN) and its affiliate Global ... in the latest adipose and bone marrow therapies. , Through the new ...
(Date:2/9/2016)... ... February 09, 2016 , ... With a presidential election in November and ... Conference will bring together over 500 top healthcare leaders for a night and day ... conference, organized by MBA students of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, will be ...
(Date:2/9/2016)... ... February 08, 2016 , ... Net-Translators, an industry-leading provider ... of its revamped and improved website. In an on-going effort to further educate ... will better communicate how the company designs and delivers thorough, high-quality results for ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: