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As per the research on a Sea-Whip coral (
) by Dr. William Fenical, Director Scripps Centre for
Marine Biotechnology and Biomedicine a toxin released by the sea-whips against their predators named "Pseudopterosin"
has anti-inflammatory activity that can potentially used as anti cancer compound. Pseudopterosin is acting as an anti allergic
compound for skin & is commercialized by Est?e Lauder as drug for contact dermatitis from last 7 years. Another coral
Eleutherobia secrets the chemical called
"Eleutherobin" which can be used as anti cancer compound. Many experiments proved
this 2 compounds are more efficient than traditional drug Taxol due to their less side effect. They are also studying on myriad
bacteria and fungi found in the sea which has more promising antibiotic & anti fungal compound till discovered in the universe.
Sea-whip is a class of colony forming feather coral of several meter high & few centimetres wide. As per a new wildlife
management method devised by Fenical, from the branch of the coral they are able to harvest 3-4000 Kg. of coral commercially
within a short span of time without damaging the natural ecosystem which also a new finding for wildlife management. According
to their method any coral population can be restored within 18 months which is also a new hope to protect the endangered
species of coral.
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