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Snake Venom Use in Medical Drugs Topic of Thursday Talk at AMK Ranch

July 1, 2013 — Research into snake venom as a potential new drug therapy is the topic of the weekly summer lecture series Thursday, July 4, at the University of Wyoming-National Park Service (UW-NPS) Research Center. The center is located at the AMK Ranch in Grand Teton National Park.

University of Northern Colorado biology Professor Steve Mackessy will discuss “From Bioweapons to Therapeutics: Snake Venoms and Their Uses” at 6:30 p.m. at the AMK Ranch, located north of Leeks Marina. A barbecue, at a cost of $5 per person, will take place at 5:30 p.m. Reservations are not required. For more information, call the UW-NPS Center at (307) 543-2463.

Mackessy will talk about the biology and biochemistry makeup of venomous snakes, and his field work in the southwestern United States, Mexico, Guam and Southeast Asia. His research studies the evolution of venom and the importance of venom toxins in medical research.

The UW-NPS Research Center provides a base for university faculty members and government scientists from throughout North America to conduct research in the diverse aquatic and terrestrial environments of Grand Teton National Park and the greater Yellowstone area.

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