New research is focusing on the bacteria found in the mouths of sharks in order to help develop better treatments for shark bite victims.
Scientists from Nova Southeastern University (NSU) College of Pharmacy are working with St. Mary’s Medical Center to gather data from sharks caught during The Blacktip Challenge, a South Florida shark fishing tournament. The Challenge began on Thursday and ends today.
The location of the research is appropriate, as Florida has always ranked high on the list of shark incidences. It typically accounts for about 25 percent of the 100 reported shark bites a year.
“We are excited to gather scientific data from these incredible animals in order to learn more about the infecting bacteria from their bites and how to treat victims,” said Nathan Unger, Pharm.D., an assistant professor at NSU’s College of Pharmacy and the lead researcher on this project.
To learn more:
- Read the full news release: Taking a Bite at the Shark Bite
- Check out this article: Shark Attack: Inaccurate and “Outdated” Terminology
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