LO-540 BUGULA, Bugula neritina
The traditional textbook example of a bryozoan. An erect, branching colonial form that demonstrates polymorphism. The feeding zooids and avicularia are fascinating to watch under a dissecting scope. The now well-known alkaloid bryostatin, which stops cancer cells from dividing, was first isolated from specimens that we provided to a research lab in 1968. It is among the first drugs to be approved for certain cancer treatments.
History of GSML Bugula and Bryostatin