New website to promote marine biotechnology – Fishupdate.com

New website to promote marine biotechnology Published:  06 October, 2006

THE Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution Media Lab has launched a new website (www.marinebiotech.org) that chronicles both the medical and environmental sides of the emerging field of marine biotechnology.

THE new website is designed to help everyone from students to the public to working scientists better understand the breadth of research in marine biotechnology and its potential benefits, as well as introduce them to key researchers in the field from around the country.

The project is the result of a 3-year effort funded by a competitively awarded grant for nearly $300,000 from the National Sea Grant program.

In simplest terms, marine biotechnology is the use of marine organisms, their genetic make-up, or their natural products for the benefit of humankind. Naturally, such a broad definition suggests a huge variety of included research interests. The Media Lab team travelled around the country to interview 30 leading scientists from both academic and commercial laboratories about their own marine biotechnology research. These scientists are profiled at the website with articles about their research, educational background, and video interviews.

Other sections of the website include in-depth articles about various aspects of marine biotech research, tutorials describing some of the most widely used biotech equipment, links to relevant news stories, and an extensive list of marine-derived compounds now in development as potential drugs with detailed descriptions of each.

For more information about the website or the project, please contact Mr. Jan Petri at 772-465-2400 ext. 241 or petri@hboi.edu.

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