Professional headshot of Steven Seifert
Toxicologist, Doctor, and Jazz Musician Steven Seifert Dies at 72
Seifert is well known for his clinical toxicology work, particularly his findings around snake envenomation and antivenoms.
Toxicologist, Doctor, and Jazz Musician Steven Seifert Dies at 72
Toxicologist, Doctor, and Jazz Musician Steven Seifert Dies at 72

Seifert is well known for his clinical toxicology work, particularly his findings around snake envenomation and antivenoms.

Seifert is well known for his clinical toxicology work, particularly his findings around snake envenomation and antivenoms.

snake venom
a vial of cobra venom and a bacteri-covered agar plate
Study Questions Sterility of Snake and Spider Venoms
Christie Wilcox | Jan 31, 2022
In work that has not yet been peer-reviewed, researchers present evidence that microbes can and do live inside the venom glands of several dangerous species.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.
sea snake swimming in blue water
Sea Snake “Attacks” Are Cases of Mistaken Identity: Study
Christie Wilcox | Aug 19, 2021
The Scientist spoke to marine biologist Tim Lynch, who dusted off 25-year-old data from his PhD to figure out why olive sea snakes approach divers so often. He says the animals, especially the males, likely confuse people for potential mates.
snake venom stem cells
Snake Venom Gland Organoids Produce Functional Toxins
Amy Schleunes | Jan 24, 2020
Stem cells from nine snake species respond to tissue culturing techniques previously used only on mouse and human stem cells.
Caught on Camera
The Scientist Staff | Jan 1, 2018
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Animal Analgesics
The Scientist Staff | Jan 1, 2018
A cornucopia of toxins in the animal kingdom could provide inspiration for novel painkillers, but so far, effective drugs have proven elusive.
 
Snake Venoms Cause and Block Pain
Kerry Grens | Jan 1, 2018
Painful snake bites may hold clues to developing analgesic drugs.
Image of the Day: Overkill
The Scientist Staff and The Scientist Staff | Oct 6, 2017
The Sakishima habu (pitviper; Protobothrops elegans) can compensate for inept traits in the chemical composition of its venom by overdosing its prey.