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According to the dictionary, a weed is a plant considered undesirable, unattractive, or troublesome, especially one growing where it is not wanted. So while most aquatic plants are pegged as “seaweeds” the Japanese refer to them as sea vegetables.

Many of the aquatic plants are of great value for both the ecological system in which they live and for human consumption. Algin, a chemical found in aquatic plants is used in toothpaste, shampoo, beer, and many other products and in some places in the US “seaweeds” are the basis of some very productive industries. Kelp is found in ice cream.


 
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Closing in on ALS? Link Between Lethal Disease and Algae - Scientists are investigating whether breathing a neurotoxin produced by algae may raise the risk of developing Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease. They have a long way to go, however: While the toxin does seem to kill nerve cells, no research, even in animals, has confirmed the link to ALS.


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