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    by Published on 05-01-2014 07:29 PM

    July 22 2014
    Jason Strickland
    “Genetic and Venom Research on Snakes in the American Southwest”
    Venom Research Summary for my Ph.D. Dissertation:

    Venom variation including the presence of specific venom proteins and their relative abundance have each been shown to vary within and among species. This has been well documented in many rattlesnake species, but the underlying mechanisms that have led to the variation are poorly understood. To begin to study these mechanisms, I will be comparing venom and the RNA sequence in the venom gland transcriptome within and among closely related rattlesnakes. The primary species of interest are the Mojave Rattlesnake (Crotalus scutulatus), the Western Diamondback Rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox), the Black-tailed Rattlesnake (Crotalus ornatus/Crotalus molossus), and the ...

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