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Experts Evaluate “Indicators of Well-being” Needed to Monitor Communities Impacted by the Deepwater Horizon Disaster

Monitoring the well-being of communities that depend on our oceans and coasts can indicate whether environmental conditions are enhancing or degrading quality of life for coastal residents.  In the case of an industrial disaster, such as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, monitoring well-being can also provide a roadmap for community […]

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Making Waves: Powerful Fish-Killing Toxin May Lead to Human Health Benefits (Episode 36)

In 2002, a mysterious disease began killing fish at a commercial aquaculture facility in North Carolina. Lots of fish. Over 21,000 striped bass died during the outbreak. At the time, no one knew what caused this massive fish kill. Why did it happen? Would it happen again? We now know that the culprit behind the […]

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Phytoplankton Toxin Kills Cancer Cells

A National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science scientist and partners  have identified and characterized a powerful fish-killing toxin that has cancer-killing properties. Laboratory tests indicate that even low concentrations of euglenophycin led to a significant decrease in cancer cell growth, and can kill cancer cells.  Preliminary studies show the toxin is highly effective against renal […]

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Commercialization of Natural Antifouling Compound should Improve Marina Ecosystems

In February 2009, scientists from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science and their colleagues announced the discovery of a naturally-occurring compound from a Caribbean sponge, Agelas conifera, which reduces fouling of marine vessels while exhibiting low toxicity to humans and marine species.  The agents reduce fouling by stopping the production of biofilms by bacteria […]

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Tropical Fungus Range Expands into Northern Waters

In August 2008, an Atlantic bottlenose dolphin was found dead on the North Carolina coast, its skin cracked and ulcerated with an alarming growth of gray and white nodules. This dolphin was confirmed as having lobomycosis, the first confirmed case in North Carolina waters of this chronic fungal skin infection. Reports of this type of […]

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Sponge Compound Lowers Microbes’ Antibiotic Resistance

Researchers from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science and colleagues have identified a unique anti-biofilm chemical, derived from a sponge, that seems to be able to reverse antibiotic resistance in many strains of harmful bacteria such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). When researchers mixed the agent with antibiotics and applied them to microbial infections […]

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Interview with Peter Moeller, NOAA Hollings Marine Laboratory

Caption: In marine environments, Dr. Peter Moeller has found new bacteria that yield highly selective antibiotics as well as a chemical in a sponge that makes bacteria more vulnerable to existing antibiotics. He participated in a news briefing and symposium on Friday, Feb. 13, at the 2009 AAAS Annual Meeting. For more information on Dr. […]

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