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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