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SYDNEY, Apr 04, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- A Sydney researcher says he has discovered seaweed contains an antibacterial agent that can prevent infection and other skin irritations.

New South Wales University microbiologist Peter Steinberg said the seaweed, commonly found at Botany Bay, Australia, could be developed as a new contact lens cleansing solution, reported Sydney Daily Telegraph Sunday.

However, the seaweed agent found in the species delisea pulchre may also eventually be used in a wide range of items that need protection from bacteria -- from urinary catheters to boats.

"Seaweed is constantly exposed to a range of organisms that want to colonize it," said Steinberg. "I believe the future of bio-technology is under the sea."

Copyright 2004 by United Press International.

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