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What is all the excitement about scorpion venoms?

Scorpions are an ancient group of arthropods who have evolved venom to subdue other invertebrates and even as an aphrodisiac in courtship. This potent cocktail of proteins peptides and other bio-molecules represents a wealth of new chemcial matter for drug discovery. As a result two of the top ten articles published in Toxicon are devoted…

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Novel pain and haematology tools from Vampire snails

New pharmacological tools from a haematophagus (Vampire) snail, Colubraria reticulata, have been discovered. these include anaesthetic peptides, haemostasis inhibitors and vasoconstriction modulators see paper. The authors note that fish appear to be semi anaethetised when the snail is in close proximity and this enables the snail to extend it’s probosis and collect the fishes blood.

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Happy New Year – venom cures natural cancer in pet dogs

Happy 2015 to all our followers past, present and future. We thought we’d start the year with a heart warming story. Tumour paint, developed from the venom of the death stalker scorpion Leiurus quinquestriatus has now been shown to be vital in aiding the survival of pet dogs that spontaneously developed cancer. This amazing tool is…

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Identification of novel haemoglobin-modifying activity in snake venom libraries using the PHERAstar FS

Identification of novel haemoglobin-modifying activity in snake venom libraries using the PHERAstar FS. This is work we have done with our friends at BMG Labtech and their excellent PHERAstar FS. This enabled us to understand a novel activity of venoms, particularly viper venoms but also a cobra (Naja nigricollis), which oxidises Fe2+ haemoglobin to Fe3+…

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Innovations in Pharmaceutical Technology

Venomtech are proud to appear in the spring issue of Innovations in the Pharmaceutical Technology journal. We were invited to write an editorial on the expanding use of venoms in the industry as a rich source of biological tools. Full article here at http://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk/Launch.aspx?PBID=163601a1-0529-4da3-beee-5890434799fc

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