a vial of cobra venom next two two agar plates with visible microbial colonies on them
Study Questions Sterility of Snake and Spider Venoms
In work that has not yet been peer-reviewed, researchers present evidence that microbes can and do live inside the venom glands of several dangerous species. It remains unclear whether they’re to blame for infections linked to bites.
ABOVE: STEVE TRIM AND STERGHIOS MOSCHOS
Study Questions Sterility of Snake and Spider Venoms
Study Questions Sterility of Snake and Spider Venoms

In work that has not yet been peer-reviewed, researchers present evidence that microbes can and do live inside the venom glands of several dangerous species. It remains unclear whether they’re to blame for infections linked to bites.

In work that has not yet been peer-reviewed, researchers present evidence that microbes can and do live inside the venom glands of several dangerous species. It remains unclear whether they’re to blame for infections linked to bites.

ABOVE: STEVE TRIM AND STERGHIOS MOSCHOS

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