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Contact: Zenaida Gonzalez Kotala
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University of Central Florida

Sea Sponge Research

Caption: University of Central Florida scientist Debopam Chakrabarti and a team of his students are analyzing more than 2,500 samples from marine organisms collected off deep sea near Florida's coast. Some of them could hold the key to developing drugs to fight malaria, a mosquito-borne illness that kills more than 1 million people worldwide annually.

Credit: UCF/Jason Greene

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