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Proteomic and Genomic Studies on Lizard Venoms in the Last Decade

Author(s): Hang Fai Kwok | Craig Ivanyi | Andrew Morris | Chris Shaw

Journal: Proteomics Insights
ISSN 1178-6418

Volume: 2010;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 25;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Traditionally man has looked to nature to provide cures for diseases. This approach still exists today in the form of ‘bio-prospecting’ for therapeutically-active compounds in venoms. For example, the venoms of many reptiles offer a spectacular laboratory of bioactive molecules, including peptides and proteins. In the last 10–15 years, there have been a number of major proteomic and genomic research breakthroughs on lizard venoms. In this current review, the key findings from these proteomic and genomic studies will be critically discussed and suggestions will be offered for future focused investigations. It is our intention that this article will not only provide a comprehensive picture of the state of current knowledge of the components of lizard venoms, but also engender awareness in readers of the need to protect and conserve such uniquely precious natural resources for several reasons, including the potential benefit of humankind.

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