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What the oceans do for us: Medicine

Humans are not infallible.  We get sick, we get injured.  Humans are a clever bunch though, and since prehistoric times we have used medicine to try and heal our ailments.  Medical science has made huge leaps and bounds, providing treatments and vaccinations, surgical procedures, and physical and psychological therapies that have allowed people to survive – and thrive – injuries and illnesses which would have once been fatal.  Medical science never stops evolving, learning, and searching for more ways to keep us in tip-top condition.  That search includes delving beneath the ocean waves.  Here’s just a couple of open access examples of how medical science has been furthered by studying ocean creatures: Continue reading What the oceans do for us: Medicine

Overfishing linked to increasing numbers of sponge

Check out the size of that sponge!

Seriously, its a sponge, aptly named the “Giant barrel”.  But as awesome as this sponge is to look at, its not so awesome if your a coral.  Research by Joe Pawlik and colleagues released this week suggests that overfishing of fish that love to tuck in to a bit of sponge means sponges are taking over on some coral reefs.  There’s a nice overview of the paper or alternatively if you fancy reading the paper yourself you can – it’s open access!

Image: The giant barrel sponge taken by the paper author Joe Pawlik, UNC