Washington: Scientists claim to have found evidence that newly discovered venoms from `anguimorph` lizards contain toxins which can be used to treat high bloodpressure levels in people. For its research, an international team, led by Dr Bryan Fry of University of Melbourne examined the unexplored group of venomous lizards called anguimorphs -- a group thatincludes monitor, alligator and legless lizards. "We only recently discovered that venom in lizards was not restricted to the gila monster and beaded lizard, but it is in fact much more widespread - so we set out to examinethis unique group, and discovered completely novel toxins. "We showed a great diversity of toxins in anguimorph venoms. The drug design potential of these novel venoms is highlighted by the fact that three of these new toxins act to lower blood pressure," Dr Fry said.
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