Oceans to be explored for drugs

Mythology speaks about devas (Gods) and asuras (devils) churning the sea for amrit that will give them immortality. Today, scientists at the Cochin University of Science and Technology (Cusat) are churning the oceans for drugs capable of fighting many terminal diseases, including HIV and cancer. "The sea is a treasure house of healing," says Prof. Muthusamy Chandrasekaran, the Cuddalore born bio-technologist at Cusat.