The Blog Aquatic » medicine News, opinions, photos and facts from Ocean Conservancy Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:50:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Pearls of Wisdom: Medicine of the Sea Answer Mon, 04 Jun 2012 00:23:04 +0000 Guest Blogger

Credit: USFWS Pacific

TRUE: Ancient Greek dentists used the venom from the stingray’s spine as anesthetic.
TRUE: Doctors once used Asian carp as a test for pregnancy.
FALSE: Amazon explorers took a medicine derived from coral to fight off malaria.

Coral has not been used to fight off malaria, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have real medicinal promise. In fact, coral reefs are often called “the medicine cabinet of the 21st century.” Coral reef-based medicines are being developed to treat cancer, arthritis, heart disease, viruses, and more–yet another reason to protect these delicate ecosystems. You can learn more about why coral reefs are so important from NOAA here.

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Pearls of Wisdom – Medicine of the Sea Sat, 02 Jun 2012 17:31:05 +0000 Guest Blogger Pearls of Wisdom is our weekly quiz game. We give you two truths and one lie about our favorite ocean wonders. Your job is to guess the lie. Good luck! We’ll post the answer on Sunday.


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