Sponges used to fight tuberculosis

Sponges used to fight tuberculosis


>>Julie: RESEARCHERS AT UCF ARE TEAMING UP WITH SCIENTISTS ON THE COAST TO STUDY DEEP SEA CREATURES.>>Ginger: THEY’RE GOING UNDER THE SEA HOPING TO FIND THE CURE FOR A DEADLY DISEASE.>>Lisa: MORNING ANCHOR KIRSTIN O’CONNOR EXPLAINS THEIR MISSION IN TODAY’S GET RESULTS FOR YOUR HEALTH.>>Reporter: DEEP UNDER THE SEA, THE DOCTOR IS DIVING FOR SPONGES THAT ARE HELPING TO FIGHT A HIGHLY INFECTIOUS DISEASE.>>WE COLLECT THOSE KINDS OF ORGANISMS BECAUSE THEY CAN’T MOVE AND CAN’T GO ANYWHERE. THEY MAKE THESE LITTLE MOLECULES THAT WE CALL NATURAL PRODUCTS.>>Reporter: SHE AND HER TEAM AT FLORIDA ATLANTIC’S BRANCH IN FORT PIERCE ARE COLLABORATING WITH RESEARCHERS AT UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA WHO CAN TEST THOUSANDS OF THEIR SPONGE SAMPLES AGAINST TUBERCULOSIS.>>IT KILLS 1.5 MILLION PEOPLE EVERY YEAR, BUT MOSTLY NOT IN THIS COUNTRY. WE’RE OBLIVIOUS SORT OF, OF THE PROBLEM. TB IS THE NO. 1 KILLER DUE TO AN INFECTIOUS DISEASE.>>Reporter: RIGHT NOW, FOUR DRUGS TAKEN OVER SIX MONTHS ARE USED TO CURE TB AND SOMETIMES NONE OF THEM WORK. UCF GRADUATE STUDENT CAROLINA RODRIGUEZ FELIX SHOWS US HOW THE SCIENTISTS ISOLATE THE COMPOUND IN THE LAB. THE REAL TESTING IS DONE DOWNSTAIRS.>>WHEN THE RESEARCHERS ARE WORKING WITH TUBERCULOSIS, IT’S AIRBORNE, SO THEY HAVE TO BE IN A CONTAINED ROOM LIKE THE ONE HERE AND THEY’RE IN HAZMAT SUITS LIKE THIS.>>Reporter: SO HOW CAN THE UNDERSEA LIFE HELP US? REMEMBER THE NATURAL PRODUCTS THE DOCTOR WAS COLLECTING? WE CAN USE THEM, TOO.>>IF THEY’RE IN ONE PLACE AND THEY NEED TO FILTER THE WATER TO GET FOOD, THEY DON’T WANT TO HAVE THINGS ON TOP OF THEM. SO THEY MAY MAKE CHEMICALS HELP THEM NOT GROW OVER THE TOP OF THEM. THAT’S HOW WE CAN USE THE SAME THING. NATURE USES THE SAME PROTEINS BUT FOR DIFFERENT PURPOSES AND DIFFERENT ORGANISMS.>>Reporter: THEIR WORK IS JUST BEGINNING. THE DOCTOR EXPECTS 5 TO 10 MORE YEARS OF TESTING BEFORE IT IS SAFE FOR PEOPLE.>>WHETHER OR NOT THE HITS WE HAVE RIGHT NOW ARE THE NEXT WONDER DRUG, WE DON’T KNOW YET. SO WE HAVE OTHER PROJECTS,

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