Green sponge discovered in Alaska showing promise in cancer research

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - NOAA Fisheries will host a media teleconference Wednesday to discuss how the discovery of an Alaskan green sponge by an agency scientist over a decade ago shows promise in identifying a treatment for pancreatic cancer.

    According to an agency email, Scientists and biomedical researchers will be on line to answer question about the sponge discover and what has been learned so far.

    Participants will include Douglas Demaster, the science director at the agency's Alaska Fisheries Science Center; Bob Stone, a coral and sponge biologist at NOAA's Auke Bay Laboratories; Mark Hamann, a biomedical cancer researcher at the Medical University of South Carolina; and Fred Valeriote, a cancer researcher at the Henry Ford Cancer Institute in Detroit.

    The teleconference is scheduled for 10 a.m. Alaska time Wednesday.


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