Claire Komives

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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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