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Team Examines Microbiome of Marine Invertebrate That Produces Anticancer Compound

News   Jun 26, 2020 | Original story from the Desert Research Institute (DRI)

 
Team Examines Microbiome of Marine Invertebrate That Produces Anticancer Compound

Synoicum adareanum: The Antarctic sea squirt, Synoicum adareanum at 80' (24 meters) lives amongst the red algae, bryozoans and starfish on the seafloor. It is a non-motile benthic species that gets its nutrition from microorganisms and organic carbon in the seawater. Its microbiome hosts a suite of different microorganisms that can provide defenses against predation and infection in some cases. Tissues of this animal were found to contain high levels of a compound that is active against melanoma, which is thought to be produced by a member of the sea squirt's microbiome. Credit: Bill Baker, USF

 
 
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