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Sharks: What they can teach us about our health

from WebMD

There's a lot more to know about sharks than their bite. Sharks heal quickly from wounds. They don't get cancer very often. And they resist infections. And while many people fear sharks, that hasn't stopped them from using shark cartilage in the hopes of curing their cancer, arthritis, psoriasis and diabetes, among other health conditions. While little evidence supports those uses, researchers are studying sharks in hopes that they can help human health. Although in its early stages, research on sharks is increasing and has great potential, agrees Jennifer Schmidt, Ph.D., a molecular biologist, geneticist and director of science and research for the Shark Research Institute. more


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