Venoms and toxins include some of my favorite biomolecules. In previous posts I presented a couple of examples, the truly magnificent conotoxins and the really mysterious cembranoids. In the 1990s I was a coauthor of a couple of papers on the former and I have practically based my scientific career on molecules similar to the cembranoids.
Venoms and toxins are the protagonists of some of the most fascinating stories in biomedicine. In addition to the intellectual interest and sense of wonder that such substances give people like us, there are many cases in which these type of chemicals have been developed into medications for conditions as dissimilar as high cholesterol or otherwise intractable cancer pain. Then there is also the promise of new and improved antibiotics in these terrifying times of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
I have been thinking about writing a series of blog posts on selected venomous animals, the special characteristics of such venoms and their possible applications in biomedicine. What do you think? Any ideas?
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