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(4 Nov 2009 12:50 GMT) - For more than 25 years, all attempts at culturing pearls from the queen conch (Strombus gigas) have been unsuccessful - until now. For the first time, novel and proprietary seeding techniques to produce beaded (nucleated) and non-beaded cultured pearls from the queen conch have been developed by scientists from Florida Atlantic University's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI). With less than two years of research and experimentation, Drs. Hector Acosta-Salmon and Megan Davis, co-inventors, have produced more than 200 cultured pearls using the techniques they developed…
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