Structural Biochemistry/Contribution of Natural Products

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Coprophiles are organisms that specifically thrive in animal dung. These territorial species spit out toxic chemicals to its neighboring fungi. Scientists and researchers allocate this information and specifically search for chemicals that are rather poisonous to some fungi and can be potentially dangerous to people that are infected.

Cyanobacteria are plant-like organisms that live in both wet and damp environmental conditions. These species have been proven to become sources of cancer and bacterial cell killers. For example, the compound cryptophycin-8 can tear apart the scaffolding in a spectrum of tumors. Another molecule called majusculamide C focuses in on fungi, potentially allowing it to be used to treat fungi-related diseases in humans.

Filter feeders are organisms that stick to rocks and coral. These species compete with others for food and other natural resources. Scientists and researchers have discovered that some of these potent chemicals can be used in the long run to treat cancer and other fatal diseases.

Ultimately, these natural products have been scientifically utilized to create both a wanted and an unwanted effect. In short, many of these chemicals show a promising future in the field of medicine.


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