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    Apes vs snakes: Who would win?

    How did ancient primates evolve resistance to cobra venom? We ask an expert.

    Who's afraid of cobras? Not gorillas and chimps! Recent research has shown that an ancient ancestor of chimps, gor...

    Evolution January 6, 2022
  • Lizard vs snake: Venom showdown

    Unravelling the secrets of defence against one of Australia’s deadly snakes.

    The humble blue-tongue lizard, an iconic Aussie species, is resistant to the venom of the deadly red-bellied black sn...

    Animals September 7, 2021
  • 'Like venom coursing through the body' - Enzyme may drive COVID death

    Related to the neurotoxins in rattlesnake venom, this enzyme may predict whether a patient will d...

    Researchers have identified what they believe to be the key driver behind COVID-19 severity and mortality – an enzyme...

    COVID August 25, 2021
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    Animals April 5, 2021
  • Animal magnetism is real

    Snakes repel venom via a magnet-like mechanism.

    Franz Mesmer might have been on to something when he described animal magnetism as an invisible force possessed by al...

    Animals January 15, 2021
  • The stinging tree’s ouch

    A ferociously painful venom has been decoded.

    Australia is out to get you. If it’s not the snakes, it’s the spiders. If it’s not the spiders, it’s the sharks. If i...

    Nature September 17, 2020
  • Grow your own venom to create antivenom

    New snake organoids produce and secrete active toxins.

    European researchers have used stem cells from snakes to grow mini-glands that make venom, a finding that could addre...

    Biology January 23, 2020
  • Venoms promise new drug targets

    Research techniques offer exciting new possibilitie

    Venoms contain powerful proteins with fast acting precision and a wide range of devastating effects, but only six ven...

    Health September 3, 2018
  • How the science of snake bite treatments has changed

    What’s the current treatment and how have treatments changed over time?

    Summer is traditionally Australia’s snake bite season, when both snakes and people become more active. The human deat...

    Biology July 14, 2017
  • 8 predators with nifty catch-and-kill tricks

    From a cat that impersonates monkeys to incredibly sticky spit.

    Credit: UMI NO KAZE / a.collectionRF / Getty Images Bacterial buddies The bobtail squid (Sepioloidea pacifica) which...

    Biology November 27, 2016
  • Tarantula venom helps irritable bowel syndrome

    Irritable bowel syndrome is the most common disorder.

    There's no denying they're terrifying to some (OK, most). But tarantulas can tell us a lot about how our own bodies w...

    Biology June 7, 2016