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May 14 2013

Ocean Indigestion? Take Oyster Antacids


A global-scale case of indigestion eats away at the organisms of the Earth’s oceans, but delicious Chesapeake Bay oysters may be just the marine medicine people need to fight the devastating effects of ocean acidification.

Calcium carbonate in oyster shells matches the active ingredient in antacids that people crunch down when suffering indigestion or heartburn. Research published in Ecology examined how oyster populations, and the discarded shells humans return to the bay, serve a similar purpose in the Chesapeake Bay.

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