Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:03 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:03:02 GMT
Paramedics tell us they're amazed no one was seriously hurt in a rush hour crash just outside Albany Monday evening. The driver of a pickup truck lost control on Philema Road just before 5:00. The truckMore >>
The driver of a pickup truck and his passenger walk away from the mangled wreckage after a crash.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:02 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:02:59 GMT
An unusual wreck on Albany's bypass Monday night left the highway littered with yard debris. About 9:30, a car collided with a trailer that was hauling tree limbs on the Liberty Expressway between theMore >>
Wrecked cars and yard debris slow traffic on Albany's bypass.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:45 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:45:07 GMT
Moultrie Police tell us they have the accused triggerman in a shooting in custody after two weeks on the run. Police arrested 19-year-old Darren Huntley over the weekend in Waycross. 22-year-old DominiqueMore >>
Moultrie Police tell us they have the accused triggerman in a shooting in custody after two weeks on the run.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:37 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:37:21 GMT
Students at a South Georgia University are working together to make it into the workforce. Nursing students at Georgia Southwestern asked business students to help them prepare for their job searches. HumanMore >>
Students at a South Georgia University are working together to make it into the workforce.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:28 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:28:47 GMT
A lot of South Georgians are all too familiar with the damage a tornado can do. An EF-3 tornado roared through Americus six years ago. It killed two people and destroyed Sumter Regional Hospital andMore >>
A lot of South Georgians are all too familiar with the damage a tornado can do.More >>
January 10, 2007
Valdosta - When Jessica Thomas came to Valdosta State University, she had no idea she'd soon be working on a project many scientists only dream of. "It's really been fun and it's been a really big treat, something unexpected.," says senior Jessica Thomas.
She and fellow students are studying the marine organism, Bugula Neritina and Bryostatin, the drug it can produce.
And it could be the cure for many types of cancers and Alzheimer's. "It was proposed for a cure for Alzheimer's disease so right now its being put in pre-clinical trials to see if it would work as a cure for the disease," says graduate student Giso Abati.
The problem is, it takes 14 tons of the organism to make just half an ounce and the drug costs upwards of 10 million dollars a gram.
And these students are working to find ways to make it more affordable. "We know it works, we know the drug works but the next step is trying to find a way that you can treat one million people, not just 10 or 100 or the people that can afford to purchase the drug," says Abati.
Confidentiality agreements keep them from saying how, but they have identified two other methods of finding and extracting the drug. "The methods that we use are going to be a lot cheaper than collecting 14 tons of the marine organism," Abati adds.
These students believe it's only a matter of time until Bryostatin can be mass produced and start saving lives.