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Sea bacteria may lead to new therapies

U.S. marine biomedicine scientists say they have discovered a promising ocean-based compound that might yield new ways to fight human disease.

Researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California-San Diego and Creighton University in Omaha say they have deciphered the highly unusual molecular structure of the naturally produced compound that is giving new understanding of the function of mammalian nerve cells.

The researchers said the compound, which they've named hoiamide A, offers a novel template for drug development.
 
 

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