Does Marine Biology have value beyond the charismatic megafauna we love to watch? One biotech thinks so. In 2018,
TerSera purchased the rights to Prialt, a non-opioid painkiller.
It all starts in the 1950s, when marine biologist Alan J. Kohn at the University of Hawaii observed the snail kill small fish.
Later investigations revealed a neurotoxin named Zinconotide could be isolated and utilized as an intrathecal pain
medication for patients with terrible pain. Recent research indicates other compounds in cone snails may help patients
with diabetes and cancer.
For kids asking Why do we have to study biology, another answer for them.