venom
Image of the Day: Overkill
Image of the Day: Overkill
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.
Image of the Day: Fanged Fish
Image of the Day: Fanged Fish
The Scientist Staff | Apr 13, 2017
Poisonous fang blennies (Meiacanthus) are only around 2 inches long but, with their tiny fangs, they can inject predators with a venom that has potent hypotensive effects.
Anti-Inflammatory Drugs as Antivenom?
Anti-Inflammatory Drugs as Antivenom?
Bob Grant | Feb 24, 2016
Compounds typically used to calm the immune system can prevent death from scorpion venom in mice, researchers report.
Spider and Centipede Venom Remarkably Similar
Spider and Centipede Venom Remarkably Similar
Bob Grant | Jun 12, 2015
The predatory toxins employed by animals separated by millions of years of evolution are virtually identical, a study shows.
Along Came a Spider
Along Came a Spider
Jef Akst | Dec 1, 2014
Researchers are turning to venom peptides to protect crops from their most devastating pests.
Snakebites Get DNA Fingerprint Treatment
Snakebites Get DNA Fingerprint Treatment
Bob Grant | Nov 4, 2014
Researchers have developed a technique for determining the species of snake responsible for a bite by sequencing genetic material from the fang marks.
Toxin Evolution
Toxin Evolution
Abby Olena | Jan 16, 2014
Researchers show that scorpion venom toxins are closely related to defensive proteins from venomous insects.
Confirmed Venomous Crustacean
Confirmed Venomous Crustacean
Abby Olena | Oct 22, 2013
Researchers show that a cave-dwelling crustacean may use venom to immobilize and digest its prey.
Centipede Venom Tops Morphine
Centipede Venom Tops Morphine
Kerry Grens | Oct 1, 2013
The substance targets the same ion channel that's mutated in people who don't feel pain.
Modified Toxin to Treat Obesity?
Modified Toxin to Treat Obesity?
Dan Cossins | May 29, 2013
Researchers show that a synthetic peptide derived from a sea anemone toxin has potent weight-regulating effects in a mouse model of obesity.