Venom-producing snake organoids developed in the lab
Researchers from the group of Oncode Investigator Hans Clevers, together with Oncode Investigators Anne Rios, Alexander van Oudenaarden and many others, have developed a method to grow snake venom gland cells as organoids. These lab-grown mini glands produce and secrete active toxins found in snake venom. Snake venom gland organoids can be grown from multiple species and maintained in the lab indefinitely. This new technology holds great promise to reduce the devastating impact and exploit the secrets of snake venom. The results of this research were published in the scientific journal Cell on the 23rd of January.