Novel venom gene discovery in the platypus
Camilla M Whittington, Anthony T Papenfuss, Devin P Locke, Elaine R Mardis, Richard K Wilson, Sahar Abubucker, Makedonka Mitreva, Emily SW Wong, Arthur L Hsu, Philip W Kuchel, Katherine Belov, Wesley C Warren
Genome Biology | BIOMED CENTRAL LTD | Published : 2010
The authors wish to thank Erin Noonan, Stephen Pyecroft, David Obendorf, Sarah Peck, and the Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries and Water for their provision of opportunistically collected platypus tissue samples, without which this work would not have been possible, and Richard Whittington for histological confirmation of the venom gland tissues. We are also very grateful for the assistance of John Martin, Jason Walker, Todd Wylie, Chad Tomlinson, Pat Minx, Sean McGrath, Amy Ly, Khaing Soe, Ryan Demeter, Kevin Haub and Vincent Magrini, who provided invaluable training and advice on wet lab methodologies and data analysis. CW is supported by a Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship, Australian Postgraduate Award, and University of Sydney Grant-in-Aid.