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Drugs from the Deep

Shirley Pomponi

Sponges use chemicals to defend against predators, communicate with other sponges, reproduce, and even prevent infections. These same chemicals are being studied for their potential use in treating human disorders and diseases.

Sponge researcher and ocean explorer Dr. Shirley Pomponi has made more than 300 dives in the Johnson-Sea-Link submersibles owned and operated by the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution at Florida Atlantic University, where Pomponi is a senior research professor.

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Drugs from the Deep
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