Coral Reef Ecosystem May Fight Illnesses

Biomedical researchers who dove down nearly 3,000 feet to search a newly discovered coral reef found treasures they say may help doctors fight cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and other illnesses.

Scientists with the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution descended to sunless, black water in the Florida Straits, a passage located between the Keys and Cuba. There, they found a new coral reef ecosystem that features man-size coral thickets and limestone towers.