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Billion-year-old Bacteria Could be Medical Goldmine

Researchers say the Gulf of Mexico is filled with a hidden treasure — treasure that could help cure deadly diseases.
University of Florida scientists are tracking bacteria they say could become medicine's newest secret weapon.
In the warm waters off Craig Key, Hendrik Luesch, a UF College of Pharmacy associate professor, is snorkeling for algae.
"That's a Cyanobacteria, exactly the stuff we were looking for,” Luesch said. “It's not visually appealing but very useful.”
The cyanobacteria are slimy and are thought to cradle an active ingredient essential for next-generation cancer drugs.


Read more: http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/health/2011/12/07/billion-year-old-bacteria-could-be-medical-goldmine/#ixzz1gBPonKrA
 
 

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