Skincare science under the sea

Thursday, 22 December, 2016
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What if the secret of youth lies under the sea? Marine biodiversity is rich in sources for medicine and cosmetic science, as Spanish researchers are discovering on the Mediterranean coast.

It’s a great day for a boat trip – and a good opportunity for marine biologists to collect samples for a European research project. They’re focusing on the Mesophotic zone, from 30-100m below sea level. It’s an uncharted area for many scientists.

Rafael Belda Poveda, biology research technician, iMare Natural:
“We’re looking for marine invertebrates. This is a mussel farm, and we’ll dive here to look for the species we need. Invertebrates have biomolecules that can be used in the fields of cosmetics, pharmacology and nutrition.”

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Project: 
Tools And Strategies to access to original bioactive compounds from Cultivation of MARine invertebrates and associated symbionts
Project Acronym: 
TASCMAR
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