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Image of the Day: Overkill
Staff, The Scientist Staff | Oct 6, 2017
The Sakishima habu
can compensate for inept traits in the chemical composition of its venom by overdosing its prey.
Image of the Day: Fanged Fish
Staff | Apr 13, 2017
Poisonous fang blennies (
) 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?
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
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
Jef Akst | Dec 1, 2014
Researchers are turning to venom peptides to protect crops from their most devastating pests.
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.
Abby Olena | Jan 16, 2014
Researchers show that scorpion venom toxins are closely related to defensive proteins from venomous insects.
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
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?
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.