While recent news of giant clams (Tridacna gigas) being harvested in the disputed Scarborough Shoal drew massive outrage online, it was only the latest low point in the dark history of wildlife exploitation in the region. A poignant series of cases also happened here in 2013 and 2014, this time involving pangolins or “scaly anteaters,” which have been described as the most trafficked animals in the world.
We’re used to thinking of codes as long strings of seemingly indecipherable characters – languages known to computer programmers. However, there exists another, more significant code found within us and around us: DNA, our planet’s biological code.
International Conference on Biodiversity & Chemical Biology
Held in an intimate setting that is conducive to free-wheeling and informal discussions, participants will discuss trends in local and international genomics research in the marine sciences and, more importantly, speculate or make predictions on future breakthroughs in the field.
The Philippine Genome Center will hold a scientific symposium entitled “Genomics: The Path Towards A Better Understanding of Health, Disease, Evolution And Biodiversity” at the National Institute of Physics Auditorium, National Science Complex, UP Diliman campus.
Olivera B.M., Watkins M., Bandyopadhyay P., Imperial J.S., de la Cotera E.P., Aguilar M.B., Vera E.L., Concepcion G.P., Lluisma A.O.
An impressive biodiversity (>10,000 species) of marine snails (suborder Toxoglossa or superfamily Conoidea) have complex venoms, each containing approximately 100 biologically active, disulfide-rich peptides. In the genus Conus, the most intensively investigated toxoglossan lineage (∼500 species), a small set of venom gene superfamilies undergo rapid sequence hyperdiversification within their mature toxin regions.