Randy L. Powell

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Disintegrins are small, non-enzymatic proteins produced in snake venom. PCR and DNA sequencing analysis of genomic DNA for all subspecies of the copperhead snake (Agkistrodon contortrix) were analyzed for the presence of a disintegrin gene. Four samples each of the subspecies: A. c. contortrix, A. c. laticinctus, A. c. mokasen, A. c. phaeogaster, and A. c.(More)
Venom from the Mohave rattlesnake, Crotalus scutulatus scutulatus, has been reported to be either: (1) neurotoxic; (2) hemorrhagic, or both (3) neurotoxic and hemorrhagic. In this study, 14 Mohave rattlesnakes from Arizona and Texas (USA) were analyzed for the presence of disintegrins and Mojave toxin. All venom samples were analyzed for the presence of(More)
Randy L. Powell* Department of Biological & Health Sciences, Texas A & M University Texas, USA ABSTRACT: The plastination process using vacuum impregnation replaces tissue fluids with curable polymers and results in dry, non-toxic specimens. We detail a method to produce high quality plastinated specimens using an injection impregnation process. This(More)
The problem of species identification in toxinological research and solutions such as molecular barcoding and DNA extraction from venom samples are addressed. Molecular barcoding is controversial with both perceived advantages and inherent problems. A method of species identification utilizing mitochondrial DNA from venom has been identified. This method(More)
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