Yes there is a grant for this research of around 3 million. Cyanobacteria samples (the pond scum) will be collected and grown. Blue green algae is being studied as a potential alternative to some chemotherapy treatments. Once more breaking down the elements with biotech research. Many of the things we once dismissed as having no use are in a strange way being re-evaluated, but I never thought Pond Scum would have the potential to be on the list! Pond scum has also been looked at for an alternative source of fuel in the recent past. BD
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy are collaborating with the Ohio State University and two other organizations to discover new cancer therapies derived from natural sources such as pond scum and plants from tropical rainforests.