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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A consortium of European research partners will use €9.5 million ($12.3 million) from the EU to trawl the trenches of the deep seas in search of organisms that could be used to develop bioactive compounds for treating diseases and for nutritional and cosmetic applications.

Led by researchers at the University of Aberdeen and the University of Leuven, the 24 PharmSea initiative partners from 14 countries will collect and screen mud and sediment samples from deep oceanic trenches to discover those compounds, KU Leuven said today.

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