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CEM member Melissa Wilson Sayres and her team will be sequencing and analyzing Gila monster DNA to contribute to medical genetics, as well as contributing to Gila Monster conservation. Learn more about how you can support this project through the crowdfunding source experiment.com
Click here to read the ASU official press release regarding the importance of the Gila monster DNA sequence. The venom of Gila monster contains a protein which has been successfully used to treat type II diabetes. The research on Gila monster contributes not only to our understanding of the biology of these interesting creates but also to human health.