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Jellyfish

These ocean creatures may have a painful and sometimes deadly sting, but they have proved to be very useful in all kinds of scientific and medical research. Turns out that these little critters are pretty useful.

Some researchers have used jellyfish to search for an effective anti-venom to save victims of Sea Wasp stings, whilst others are studying the chemicals in jellyfish for possible use in treating cancer.

A bioluminescent chemical found in a type of jellyfish from the Pacific has already allowed doctors to trace the movement of specific chemicals through the body and could help reveal ways to inactivate defective genes, such as those in Huntington’s disease.

 


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