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Nuisance Seaweed Found to Produce Compounds with Biomedical Potential

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A seaweed considered a threat to the healthy growth of coral reefs in Hawaii may possess the ability to produce substances that could one day treat human diseases, a new study led by scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego has revealed.

An analysis led by Hyukjae Choi, a postdoctoral researcher in William Gerwick’s laboratory at Scripps, has shown that the seaweed, a tiny photosynthetic organism known as a “cyanobacterium,” produces chemical compounds that exhibit promise as anti-inflammatory agents and in combatting bacterial infections. The study is published in the May 25th issue of the journal Chemistry & Biology.

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