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5 minutes of laying down and screaming – you better avoid the tarantula hawk wasp

September 25, 2019

Like most people, you’ve probably experiences a bee sting or two. Bees, wasps and even bumblebees are always…
Pain in the asp: bird-deterring nets create haven for stinging pests

September 9, 2019

While collecting data from live oak trees in the world’s largest medical center, Rice University evolutionary ecologists have…
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Researchers synthesize healing compounds in scorpion venom

June 12, 2019

A scorpion native to Eastern Mexico may have more than just toxin in its sting. Researchers at Stanford…
Deadly scorpion venom reveals pain protein structure

April 17, 2019

An international team of scientists, including University of Iowa biophysicist Chris Ahern, PhD, used a lethal scorpion toxin to…
Rattlesnake venom: mild, medium and wicked hot

February 13, 2019

In a surprising evolutionary twist, a new study suggests that while one rattlesnake may routinely feast on lizard…
Taking the bite out of snake venom

February 7, 2019

According to the World Health Organization, about 100,000 people die from venomous snakebites every year. Many of these…
Venom of vampire bats could be used to treat a huge variety of medical conditions

January 16, 2019

In this case movies didn‘t lie to you – vampire bats do exists. Not only they are real,…
Variable venom – why are some snakes deadlier than others?

January 9, 2019

An international collaboration led by scientists from the National University of Ireland, Galway, The University of St Andrews,…
MIT engineers repurpose wasp venom as an antibiotic drug

December 10, 2018

The venom of insects such as wasps and bees is full of compounds that can kill bacteria. Unfortunately,…
Venom shape untangles scorpion family tree

November 16, 2018

As a child growing up in Mexico, Carlos Santibáñez-López feared the scorpions that would often decorate the walls…
Scorpion census: FSU researchers update global record of medically significant scorpions

October 9, 2018

Scorpions can be found at every corner of the globe and on six of the seven continents, from…
Japanese venomous snakes with characteristics that differ from island to island

September 27, 2018

Habu (Protobothrops flavoviridis) is a venomous snake endemic to Japan. Mr. Hattori, a researcher based in Amami Oshima, not…
Ants surrender their venomous secrets

September 20, 2018

Venoms produced by snails, snakes, scorpions and spiders contain numerous bioactive compounds that could lead to therapeutic drugs…
Scientists are researching ant venom to find out more about pain

September 13, 2018

Venom has a bad reputation, because, well, it kills people. We are terrified of venomous creatures and try…
Bull ant venom could put the bite on pain

September 13, 2018

Venom from the giant red bull ant is helping University of Queensland scientists understand the evolution of animal toxins in…
Snake venom treatment investigated as antibiotic alternative for eye infections

July 19, 2018

An innovative University of Liverpool research project that will investigate whether compounds used to treat snake venom and…
Hormone found in platypus venom could be used to treat diabetes

June 29, 2018

Platypus is a curious little animal. It is often regarded also one of the strangest animals in the…
Platypus venom inspires potential new diabetes treatments

June 18, 2018

The world-first discovery of a key metabolic hormone found in the venom and gut of Australia’s iconic platypus…
Mind-controlling molecules from wasp venom could someday help Parkinson’s patients

March 15, 2018

After being stung by a parasitic wasp, the American cockroach loses control of its behavior, becoming host to…
Assassin’s venom system packs a deadly double

February 26, 2018

Venom researchers from The University of Queensland have uncovered a unique and complex venom system within the tiny…
How the Cone Snail’s Deadly Venom Can Help Us Build Better Medicines

October 11, 2017

Cone snails have inspired humans for centuries. Coastal communities have often traded their beautiful shells like money and…
Saw-scaled vipers are notorious killers, because people cannot be bothered to make proper antivenom

September 6, 2017

Saw-scaled vipers are the most notorious killers from the snake world. These snakes kill more people globally each…
Antivenoms ineffective for common fatal snakebite

September 4, 2017

University of Queensland researchers have found that antivenoms produced using snakes from one region may perform poorly or…
Study Finds Pallid Bat Is Unfazed by Venom of Arizona Bark Scorpion

September 1, 2017

The Arizona bark scorpion is the most venomous scorpion in North America. It possesses venom that causes serious…
Lizard venom may contain clues to treating blood clots

August 8, 2017

Various types of lizard venom are being studied as possible treatments for blood clotting diseases that lead to…
Wasp venom holds clues on how genes get new jobs

June 26, 2017

Amid the incredible diversity of living things on our planet, there is a common theme. Organisms need to…
Fanged fish’s heroin-like venom could lead to pain treatments

March 31, 2017

A fearless fanged coral reef fish that disables its opponents with heroin-like venom could offer hope for the development…
How cobras developed flesh-eating venom

March 14, 2017

A University of Queensland-led international study has revealed how one of the world’s most feared types of snakes…
Snake bit? Chemists figure out how to easily and cheaply halt venom’s spread

March 8, 2017

Chemists at the University of California, Irvine have developed a way to neutralize deadly snake venom more cheaply…
The key to creating new treatments for type 2 diabetes may be hidden in platypus venom

December 1, 2016

Although not many people know that, platypuses are one of the few venomous mammals. There is a spur…
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