The DNA of the Philippine Genome Center

In a 21.9-hectare lot within the University of the Philippines campus in Diliman, Quezon City, a new hub for science and technology education and scientific research is envisioned to be the home of the country’s future scientists. The vast space with few buildings and big dreams called the National Science Complex received a P1.7-billion budget from the government when it was unveiled in 2011.

Adaptive radiation of venomous marine snail lineages and the accelerated evolution of venom peptide genes

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.