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Coral Reefs, Medicine Chests of the Sea

May 2018

Coral reefs contain a diverse group of invertebrates (e.g., corals, tunicates, molluscs, sponges, etc.) that have developed chemical defenses to protect them from predators. These chemicals can contain life-saving medicines that are being used to treat cancer, HIV, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, heart disease, viruses, and more.