How does the ocean contribute to new drug development?

Dr. Jeanette Davis

There's so much left to learn about the sea and its organisms. Could the ocean be the source of the next drug to change medicine?

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The ocean covers over 70% of the Earth's surface, but it wasn't until the 20th century that we began to see it as an untapped resource in the development of new drugs. 

Despite recent discoveries, we still know so little about the vast biodiversity of the marine environment and its potential. What secrets does the sea hold that could revolutionise the way we treat the many diseases that remain stubbornly unsolved?

Marine microbiologist Dr Jeanette Davis was part of a team that discovered a marine bacterium that helps fight cancer. She joins us in The Garden to explain how scientists approach the search for new drugs in the extreme and little-understood deep sea environment, and why the next big development in cancer treatment might come from a source you probably wouldn't expect.

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Duration

50 minutes

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30 minute talk

20 minute Member Q&A

Dr. Jeanette Davis

Jeanette Davis is a marine microbiologist, a Policy Analyst for the USA's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and an author.

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