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Cytotoxicity of Opisthobranch Egg Masses

Student Parésa Taghavie-Moghadam
Faculty Mentor(s) Dr. Deirdre Gonsalves-Jackson
Department Biology
Course Bio 480: Readings in Biology


There have been previous studies that concluded the egg masses in Opisthobranchia have a chemical defense, which wards away potential predators. These defenses include antimicrobial, cytotoxicity, antifungal, and antibacterial. Understanding the organisms that are affected by the cytotoxic properties helps in establishing future use of these chemicals for pharmaceutical needs. There has already been evidence of antitumor activity in some of the Opisthobranchia orders. The purpose of this investigation is to examine the cytotoxicity of Opisthobranchia egg masses, and to gain knowledge for future experiments on this topic.


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