Description: The email was to serve as an outline for a research proposal to Department of Biotechnology, India for the identification and characterisation of toxic peptides from Conus (cone snails) species in India. The text introduces the scientific literature up to date- the biology of cone snails, the pathbreaking work of Dr B Olivera and examples of therapeutic uses of the characterised toxic peptides extracted from Conus magus, Conus radiata and Conus textile, briefly. Mentions the species richness of Indian cone snails in support of the proposal, the preliminary studies conducted and the institutes involved in the same, and the plan of action for further investigation.
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