Nature Saved My Life

Medicines derived from coral reefs are helping save lives all around the world.

Arden O’Connor in Boston in 2012. Arden was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia at the age of 26 and was treated with a drug derived from a Caribbean sea sponge.

Soft Corals at Horshu Reef near Kimbe Bay in Papua New Guinea. Components found in coral reefs are essential sources of medicine for everything from diabetes to Alzheimer’s disease

Schooling Fusiliers, Healthy Staghorn Coral, Angelfish, Butterflyfish and Anthias in the waters at Kofiau, part of the Raja Ampat Islands of Indonesia.

A diver looks down on diverse coral reef life near Komodo, Indonesia. Coral reefs are one of the world’s most threatened ecosystems.

A diver explores a hard coral reef in the shallow waters off the Raja Ampat Islands in Indonesia, part of The Coral Triangle. The Coral Triangle contains 75 percent of all known coral species.

Soft corals in Wakatobi, Indonesia. Scientists estimate that unless we take immediate action, we could lose up to 70 percent of coral reefs by 2050.

Coral reef and starfish in Wakatobi, Indonesia. The Conservancy is dedicated to protecting these vital ecosystems all around the world

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