The World's Largest Database of Toxins?
Monday, October 19, 2015
A European consortium has created what it claims is the world's largest database of toxins. The resource, which is the result of a large sampling and bioinformatic analysis program, is now set to be applied to the discovery of drugs against cardiovascular diseases, obesity and diabetes.
Venomics, the European Commission-funded consortium behind the database, took samples from 203 species of poisonous creatures for the database. Having extracted venom from species such as snakes, sea anemones and blue octopuses during expeditions to French Guiana, Mayotte, Polynesia and other locations, the team turned to technology to make the most of the samples. Sistemas Genomicos, a Spanish genetic testing lab and member of the consortium, took charge of this aspect of the program.