Marine Medicine

Are extracts from the Fried Egg Jellyfish a possible cure for breast cancer? Never underestimate the power of life in the ocean. Photography: © Jeffrey Cardenas

Good news from the ocean: Just when you thought it was unsafe to go back into the water… along comes Cotylorhiza tuberculata, commonly known in the Mediterranean as the Fried Egg Jellyfish. There is virtually no sting in its tentacles, and researchers are beginning to study the possibility that specific toxicity from this jellyfish may even eliminate certain breast cancer cells.

In a report from the scientific journal MDPI, “Marine Drugs,” very early studies have shown that elements in Cotylhoriza tuberculata may be a “putative action mechanism for anticancer bioactivity,” selectively killing malignant cells while leaving healthy ones intact.

No one is saying that the Fried Egg Jellyfish cures cancer. Still, additional studies are proposed to further research of its cytotoxicity in targeting breast cancer. The nutraceutical and pharmaceutical potential is also being discussed. The Fried Egg Jellyfish, it seems, may not just be another pretty face in the sea.


Photographs: © Jeffrey Cardenas

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11 thoughts on “Marine Medicine

    • You are very kind to reply, once again, Hayden.
      Of course, it is a long shot to think that the scourge of breast cancer might somehow be alleviated by the lowly jellyfish but I have to believe that if we (and Big Pharma) keep an open mind somehow nature will always provide for us.

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  1. Jeff, what a fantastic shot! It looks like a fried egg on a half of an everything bagel!! What an awesome thing if medical research could find that this jellyfish could target malignant cells without harming normal cells! Being in the medical field I am always interested in reading about promising research! What talent you have! Hope you are healthy and doing well my dear!!

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    • Thank you, Leanne. I think it will be a race against the clock to discover what miracles the oceans have to offer before we destroy everything that lives in it. I am so grateful to see it now in all its splendor and glory.

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  2. As always you provide amazing information as you continue your voyage. Love Leanne’s egg on an everything bagel visual. Hope all continues to go well and know you are kept in prayer.

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  3. Fascinating! Thank you.

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