With the purpose of developing a research and dissemination program of the venomous snakes of Peru, its ecology, its poisons and the potential of its components to combat diseases of different kinds, the National Council of Science, Technology and Technological Innovation (Concytec) is financing an important project of the Oswaldo Meneses Serpentarium of the National University of San Marcos (UNMSM), for these purposes.
This project consists of taking samples of the molts of the snakes’ skin and, through a molecular study identify the DNA of the venomous snakes. This analysis indicates the state of health of the reptile.
“Since the serpentarium is part of the Molecular Biology Laboratory of the Faculty of Biological Sciences, important advances have been made in the characterization of some components of the poisons, which have antiparasitic, antibacterial, anticoagulant and probably antimalarial and anticancer actions”, Gestión informed.
This research also seeks to favor the most vulnerable populations, especially native communities, thanks to an active program of dissemination on the characteristics of snakes, both in Lima and in regions. I
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