Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Seaweed yields new compounds with pharmaceutical potential:
"Researchers have discovered 10 new molecular structures with pharmaceutical potential in a species of red seaweed that lives in the shallow coral reef along the coastline of Fiji in the south Pacific Ocean. Some of these natural compounds showed the potential to kill cancer cells, bacteria and the HIV virus, according to research at the Georgia Institute of Technology. In fact, two of them exhibit anti-bacterial activity towards antibiotic-resistant Staphylococcus aureus at concentrations worth pursuing, though researchers don't know yet whether the concentrations of the compounds required to kill the bacterium would be harmful to humans."

Evidently seaweed is the most healthy food ever (maybe I don't know that, but it certainly doesn't sound particularly unhealthy). Jeremy says that his mom actually used kelp in much of their food as well (so this isn't just a new thing). How has this not been capitalized on by the scientific/business community yet?

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