VenomKB, a new knowledge base for facilitating the validation of putative venom therapies

Sci Data. 2015 Nov 24;2:150065. doi: 10.1038/sdata.2015.65.


Animal venoms have been used for therapeutic purposes since the dawn of recorded history. Only a small fraction, however, have been tested for pharmaceutical utility. Modern computational methods enable the systematic exploration of novel therapeutic uses for venom compounds. Unfortunately, there is currently no comprehensive resource describing the clinical effects of venoms to support this computational analysis. We present VenomKB, a new publicly accessible knowledge base and website that aims to act as a repository for emerging and putative venom therapies. Presently, it consists of three database tables: (1) Manually curated records of putative venom therapies supported by scientific literature, (2) automatically parsed MEDLINE articles describing compounds that may be venom derived, and their effects on the human body, and (3) automatically retrieved records from the new Semantic Medline resource that describe the effects of venom compounds on mammalian anatomy. Data from VenomKB may be selectively retrieved in a variety of popular data formats, are open-source, and will be continually updated as venom therapies become better understood.

Publication types

  • Dataset
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Databases, Factual*
  • Humans
  • Knowledge Bases
  • Venoms / chemistry*
  • Venoms / therapeutic use*


  • Venoms