Indian Cobra Genome Sequenced

An international team of researchers has sequenced the genome of the Indian cobra (Naja naja), a highly venomous, medically important snake.

They identified 23,248 protein-coding genes, including 12,346 venom-gland-expressed genes that constitute the so-called ‘venom-ome.’

“The high-quality genome allowed to us study various aspects of snake venom biology, including venom gene genomic organization, genetic variability, evolution and expression of key venom genes,” they said.

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