Every month, jellyfish signs are posted, warning Oahu’s south shore swimmers to stay out of the water. If
you’ve ever been stung by a box jelly, you’ll probably heed these warnings…the results can be painful.
Angel Yanagihara is a biochemist and assistant research professor at UH Manoa. She’s developed a
treatment for these stings that block the jelly’s pore-forming toxins…some of which can be life-threatening. Yanagihara’s own research was prompted after she herself suffered a jellyfish attack in the waters near Waikiki.
The treatment is currently the subject of multiple patents and Yanagihara hopes it will be available for market soon as a topical application.
Yanagihara’s findings and research were published last Wednesday in the scientific journal PLOS ONE.
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(Molly Solomon / HPR News)