Derived from a sea sponge in the Caribbean, the drug Ara-C is the backbone of some chemotherapy for leukemia and lymphoma. And that's not the only example—compounds found in coral reefs are essential sources of medicine for everything from diabetes to heart disease to Alzheimer's.
Find out why coral reefs represent hope for doctors, researchers and cancer survivors.
Arden O'Conner discusses how medicine derived from coral reefs helped save her life and a prominent medical researcher talks about the value of reefs in medical research.
Dr. Daniel Gruenberg, oncologist, talks with Jen Newlin – a Conservancy staffer – about medicine, nature and Jen’s treatment.
A cancer survivor turned medical student says talking about medicine could help save the environment.