Pharmacology: Drugs from the Sea

Researchers will go anywhere and test anything in the hope of finding medicines to use against diseases and disorders that by present methods are either difficult to treat or incurable. One of their most fortuitous finds was made in a Peoria (Ill.) market, where they scraped from an overripe cantaloupe the parent strain of mold that fathered millions of doses of penicillin. Now that most of the world's land surface has been finecombed for microbes that might yield new antibiotics, the scientists are turning to the sea. One useful drug, cephalothin (which...

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