Every summer, algae blooms of a blueish-green color cover Lake Erie. These blooms release toxins that harm our drinking water, put people at risk when swimming, and even impact businesses around the lake. These blooms are a public health risk. However, they may be home to the next pharmaceutical drug.

Michigan EARTH alumni Colleen Yancey, who now works for a biotechnology company in Boston, described these blooms as “a treasure trove of molecules.”

The article, which features photos from graduate student Helena Nitschy and work from graduate student Paul Den Uyl, Research Scientist Anders Kiledal, and Lab Tech Nicole Rappuhn, goes on to discuss the research led by Professor Gregory Dick and the Cooperative Institute of Great Lakes Research (CIGLR).

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