Coral harvest for bone restoration

John Ogden jogden at
Wed Sep 18 16:46:58 EDT 1996

Does anyone have any information on the harvest of corals for orthopedic 
surgery and bone restoration?  I am particularly interested in where and 
how such coral collection is done, what species are taken, and whether or 
not it is damaging to coral reefs.  Does anyone know the companies that 
prepare the material for medical use?  Thanks. 

John C. Ogden        Director        Phone:  813/893-9100 
Florida Institute of Oceanography    Fax:    813/893-9109 
830 First Street South               St. Petersburg, Florida 33701 

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