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Blue Biotechnology

Blue biotechnology is concerned with the application of molecular biological methods to marine and freshwater organisms. It involves the use of these organisms, and their derivatives, for purposes such as increasing seafood supply and safety, controlling the proliferation of noxious water-borne organisms, and developing new drugs.

Blue Biotechnology Articles

“Milking” microscopic algae could yield massive amounts of oil
Scientists in Canada and India are proposing a surprising new solution to the global energy crisis —“milking” oil from the tiny, single-cell algae known as diatoms

Date: 23 Jun 2009, Rating: 3.56

Gifts from the sea
Cape Cod Marine Life lures biomedical researchers to the Marine Biological Laboratory

Date: 16 Jan 2009, Rating: 2.00

Deep thinking: Scientists sequence a cold-loving marine microbe
Colwellia psychrerythraea 34H reveals its subzero secrets

Date: 16 Jan 2009, Rating: 5.00

Researchers receive federal funds to study marine organisms and potential products on oil platforms
A treasure trove of biological material, in the array of marine organisms attached to oil platforms or living around them, will be studied intensively in a search for potential medicines and products

Date: 16 Jan 2009, Rating: not rated

Ancient life form may help create newest technologies
Diatoms are being harnessed by researchers at Oregon State University to help make progress in one of the newest and most promising fields of science – nanotechnology.

Date: 16 Jan 2009, Rating: 4.67

Marine seaweed can detoxify organic pollutants
Researchers have discovered that marine seaweeds have a remarkable and previously unknown capacity to detoxify serious organic pollutants

Date: 16 Jan 2009, Rating: 3.25

Marine genomics researchers discover new ocean protein
Novel study published in Science sheds light on microbial ecology, energy and nutrient cycling in the sea

Date: 16 Jan 2009, Rating: 5.00

Fresh evidence points to marine bacteria as a source of anti-cancer drug
Research methods may pave the way for future new drugs from the sea Images and video interview available upon request

Date: 16 Jan 2009, Rating: 4.50

Toward improved antibiotics using proteins from marine diatoms
Researchers in Florida are reporting an advance toward tapping the enormous potential of an emerging new group of antibiotics identical to certain germ-fighting proteins found in the human immune system.

Date: 15 Sep 2008, Rating: 5.00

How do marine bacteria produce light, why are they luminescent, and can we employ bacterial bioluminescence in aquatic biotechnology?
Bioluminescence, the phenomenon of light production by living organisms, occurs in forms of life as various as bacteria, fungi and animals.

Date: 15 Dec 2007, Rating: 3.53, 9 pages

Genomic blueprint of Hahella chejuensis, a marine microbe producing an algicidal agent
Here, the authors present the 7.2-megabase genome of the marine bacterium Hahella chejuensis including genes responsible for the biosynthesis of a pigment which has the lytic activity against a red-tide dinoflagellate.

Date: 15 Dec 2007, Rating: not rated, 9 pages

Occurrence of Beta-Aminoglutaric Acid in Marine Bacteria
Beta-Aminoglutaric acid, a nonprotein amino acid isomer of glutamic acid, was found in the free amino acid pool of a marine bacterium

Date: 15 Dec 2007, Rating: not rated, 4 pages

Marine sponges provide model for nanoscale materials production
"Nature was nano before nano was cool," stated Henry Fountain in a recent New York Times article on the proliferation of nanotechnology research projects.

Date: 15 Dec 2007, Rating: 4.50

Trauma treatment from the sea
Ever since Nimrod first routed his enemies on the field of battle, soldiers have dealt with bleeding and blood loss in the time-honored, traditional way - with gauze, tourniquets, pressure, even red-hot cauterizing irons

Date: 15 Dec 2007, Rating: not rated

Antimalarial substances found in New Caledonian sponges
Marine organisms synthesize many different substances, some of which possess anticarcinogenic, antiviral or antiparasitic properties.

Date: 15 Dec 2007, Rating: not rated

Micro-Plants Yield Pharmaceutical New Wave
Compounds with anti-cancer properties and potential for use in new generation antibiotics and nutritional supplements have been found in tiny marine plants around Australia's coastline.

Date: 15 Dec 2007, Rating: 3.00

Marine moss reveals clues to anticancer compound
OHSU scientist studying bacteria from Bugula neritina that secrete disease-fighting molecule

Date: 15 Dec 2007, Rating: not rated

Marine sponge yields nanoscale secrets
This may have hi-tech applications, report UCSB scientists

Date: 14 Dec 2007, Rating: not rated

Offshore oil and gas platforms could provide more than just fuel; cures for cancer and AIDS could be at stake
Offshore oil and gas platforms may begin providing consumers with more than just fuel, thanks to new Louisiana State University research that will study the marine organisms

Date: 14 Dec 2007, Rating: not rated

Sea may be source of future medicines
A group of bacteria known as actinomycetes found living in coral reef sponges and marine sediments could be a rich source of future medical drugs

Date: 14 Dec 2007, Rating: 3.67