With fronds like that who needs Anemones?
it gives Al Gore a woodie.
something else to tout.
maybe stock options.
Finally there is funding for that. All my life I have been facinated by venom proteins in sea anemones. Just the other day, we were all sitting around contemplating venom proteins in sea anemones. If the sequester had cut into this essential study, it would have been tragic.
For years now, I’ve lost sleep wondering how venom proteins evolved in sea anemones. Now I can rest easy, knowing that the US government will research an answer. I sure hope they publish the findings soon!
This is basic scientific research, with the potential benefit that some of the proteins studied will eventually be shown to have diagnostic or medical value.
Oddly enough, venom evolution is one of the most productive areas of medical research.
For example, Brazil has an enormous number of vipers, and annually a lot of snake bites. Finally someone noticed that the victims all experienced a significant, but not usually harmful drop in blood pressure. Once they isolated the responsible molecule in the venom, and synthesized it, they developed an entirely new class of high blood pressure medicines.
Other good venoms: Deathstalker scorpion venom against brain cancer; honey bee venom against cancer and some neuro-muscular diseases; tarantula venom for Muscular Dystrophy; Brazilian yellow scorpion venom which causes pancreatitis, which is showing the molecular action of how other diseases cause it; cobra venom for arthritis.
Saw-scaled viper venom against one of the most lethal forms of heart attack; Gila monster venom to treat Type 2 diabetes; vampire bat saliva against stroke; and, right now, sea anemone venom in treating autoimmune disease.
Scientists have only thoroughly evaluated some 1,000 types of venom from the estimated 100,000 known types of venomous animals in the world.
And they close the WH tours for kids, can be added to a plethera of criminal goings on in thier government
Well, I’m actually not opposed to this one. Research grants aren’t always a bad thing, and as another poster pointed out, there is a lot of potential upside to this particular area of research. The venom of the cone snail, for example, has shown tremendous potential for a wide range of medicines, including the already in use ziconotide.
I would agree that it would been have been better if private funding had paid for this. Thing is, the private sector isn’t always interested in projects like this. Sometimes research doesn’t have a commerical payoff, but it is still worth pursuing. The physics work done at, say, the Fermi Labs might not have a commercial payoff, but I sure think it is worth having.
What....no more money for cow farts? Oh the huge manatee. /sarc
CNS News is off base portraying this as wasteful spending - they should focus on research grants given to find why 75% of lesbians are obese - that’s wasteful spending.