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Sea Grant seeks new drugs from the sea


William Fenical

Author Affiliations

W. Fenical is Director, Center for Marine Biotechnology and Biomedicine, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego.

Publication Information

Hilgardia 51(4):45-49. DOI:10.3733/ca.v051n04p45. July 1997.

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After more than 20 years of leadership in the field of marine drug discovery, Sea Grant researchers are now demonstrating that marine organisms are an excellent source of new drugs. New treatments have been discovered for arthritis and cancer, and novel molecular probes have been commercialized that allow studies of previously unknown cellular processes. Through patenting and licensing, UC has begun to receive significant royalties for these discoveries. As this field matures, it has become clear that the world's oceans contain an enormous wealth of medical information that will continue to contribute to the discovery of new cures for human disease.

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Fenical W. 1997. Sea Grant seeks new drugs from the sea. Hilgardia 51(4):45-49. DOI:10.3733/ca.v051n04p45
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