Dolphin Skincare: How These Sea Mammals Seem to Self-Medicate Their Skin

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Dolphins may rub on specific corals and sponges to treat their skin, researchers reported Thursday in the journal iScience. These stationary sea creatures may serve as drive-by pharmacies, dispensing a chemical cocktail that could treat bacterial or fungal infections or support skin health. The scientists said that cetaceans have not been observed self-medicating before. Some of these molecules may serve as immune boosters or sunscreens, said Julia Kubanek, professor in the School of Biological Sciences and School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and vice president of Interdisciplinary Research, who wasn’t part of the work. People have known about corals’ and sponges’ medicinal properties for around 50 years, Kubanek said. “But dolphins may have known about how to use marine organisms as medicines much longer than we have,” she added.

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College of Sciences, School of Biological Sciences, School of Chemistry and Biochemistry

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Life Sciences and Biology
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College of Sciences, School of Biological Sciences, School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Julia Kubanek, coral species, dolphins, skincare
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  • Created By: Renay San Miguel
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  • Created On: May 20, 2022 - 1:24pm
  • Last Updated: May 20, 2022 - 1:24pm