Sunday, December 01 2013 @ 06:21 PM EST
Contributed by: Staff_Journalist
The sea hares were collected from marshlands from the Pacific Ocean in the Isla de Coiba by the scientists from the Smithsonian, Alicia Ibáñez and Alicia Hermosillo, from the University of Guadalajara.
This is one of the over 45 compounds with potential farmaceutical activity reported by the institute since the National Park of Coiba was included in the list of World Heritage Sites.
According to the scientist of the Smithsonian Stanley Heckadon, Coiba has a large biodiversity regarding its flora and fauna. For example, there are 224 species of vertebrates in the reserve in the groups of land mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians. But the largest biodiversity of the park is in the water.
There are over 700 hectares of reefs and coral in the sea, with a wide variety of fish, crustaceans and mollusks, according to information from the National Environment Authority (ANAM).
Domingo Moreno, leader of the National Negotiating Medical Committee, said this represents a big step in medicine because every year in Panama several people are affected by this disease. Only in Panama there are over 500 cases per year. (Prensa)