The University of the West Indies, Mona, has discovered a special sponge with potential cancer-fighting agents in local waters.

That’s according to Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sports, Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange. She made the revelation while presenting the keynote address at the opening ceremony for Research Day at UWI Mona, this morning.

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She says the government has committed $30-million to conduct research in the areas of indigenous knowledge and water, over the next three years.

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Ms. Grange is also urging the university to conduct research in the areas of culture and music, aimed at addressing the nation’s crime crisis.

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Various research projects will be on display during the Research Day’s activities.

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