Claire Komives

Claire Komives


Published on Aug 31, 2015

Progress toward purification of the peptide

We were able to determine that we have produced pure peptide from cell extracts by LC/MS. That is a liquid chromatograph/mass spectrometer. We used some of the chemically synthesized peptide to d...

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Published on May 17, 2015

Cocktail of antivenoms

This week we will test a cocktail of antivenom compounds with the Russell Viper venom in mice. This could be a big breakthrough if we are able to use low cost chemicals to treat the envenomation o...

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Published on May 13, 2015

The Cobra Dancing

A visit to the serpentarium in Texas to make plans for testing the peptide with a cocktail of neurotoxin attenuating drugs. This week we will initiate the tests in Russell Viper.We...

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Published on May 11, 2015

New FPLC for purifying peptide!

I picked up a new (to me!) Fast Performance Liquid Chromatograph (FPLC) today donated from a nearby biotechnology company. This new instrument will make purifying the protein more quantifiable. I...

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Published on Apr 21, 2015

Snake bite is a big problem in India, but not "fundable"

I visited an agency in Delhi today to discuss possible collaboration/funding opportunities. I was told that although snake bite is a big problem in India, it is not on the radar screen of the fund...

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Published on Apr 17, 2015

Went to Snake Park in Chennai

I learned that there is a famous snake park in Chennai (used to be called Madras) and I went there to ask about getting snake venom. They sent me to the Centre for Herpetology just south of the ci...

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Published on Mar 29, 2015

Treating snakebites: Taking a page from the Opossum

Photo: Flickr/CC - Mike KeelingIt's been a whirlwind week. I attended the American Chemical Society conference in Denver, CO. I presented initial results with a peptide that was di...

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