Showing posts with label slug. Show all posts
Showing posts with label slug. Show all posts

Sea Slug Latrunculin A. Toxin to Treat Cancer

Chemistry: sea slug toxin will kill cancer cells.
Sea slugs can be beautiful with their brightly colored coats. However, they carry the most toxic substances known. They display "you can't miss us" patterns because enemies try to avoid them.
Sea slug brightly colored
They eat meat. The closest thing to a vegetable that they consume are sponges. t is the toxin stored in their bodies. They get this from food. Shrimps die immediately when they are attacked by sea slugs. Apparently, a sea slug will die if Latrunculin A. gets into its bloodstream.

Tests show that the main sea slug toxin will kill cancer cells. It could potentially also be used to treat neurodegenerative disease. The problem is of course finding a transport medium and getting it to market.
 Chemistry by Ty Buchanan 
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Caenorhabditis elegans Worm Travels by Slug Intestine

Everything is interrelated in this world. Nothing stands alone. Life itself is a community process. One animal lives with and off another. Indeed, many creatures cannot survive without the presence of particular others. Caenorhabditis elegans worms living "alongside" slugs is a case in point.
Caenorhabditis elegans worms
Slugs eat decomposing plants. Worms get a ride to new destinations by going through a slugs' intestines and being dropped out in poo in other locations. Consequently, worms can better exploit food resources. Surviving another animals digestive system is something unexpected.

C. elegans is the leading lab guinea pig. More is known about it than mice. However, its journey to regions anew has just been discovered. Moreover, they live on the surface of the ground not in the soil as previously supposed. Their food supply of bacteria and fungi are quickly exhausted so they have to move to new pastures.
Biology by Ty Buchanan 
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