Will Sharks Provide Insight to Medical Research?
The Wobbegong, or 'shaggy beard' shark, is a species of carpet sharks found in shallow warm waters in the Western Pacific and eastern Indian Ocean. Why this particular shark is being used, we are uncertain. What is certain is that the blood drawn by medical scientists may contain antibodies that aid in the cure of some diseases found in humans.
Asia Minute: Australian Researchers Look to Sharks for Medical Help
Sharks have long held an important place in Hawaiian history and culture. To many they are protectors, family guardians or “amakua.” Now researchers in Australia are using lessons from sharks to fight disease. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.