Research into their molecular components shows venoms aren’t all bad.
Many venoms contain bioactive components that are so stable to the body's enzymes and selective of their biological target that they're increasingly being used as novel research tools.
A tiger snake is milked for its venom.
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Your guide to the cocktail of deadly chemicals in animal venom.
Australian snakes can kill the most mice with the smallest amount of venom.
Australian snakes are the best mouse killers in the whole world. And while that's clearly bad news for mice, how does it translate into human risk?
Spiders such as this funnel-web (Hadronyche infensa) will only bite if threatened.
There are more than 45,000 species of spider, but only a handful are potentially dangerous to humans.
Stephens’ banded snake is one of Australia’s few arboreal (tree-dwelling) venomous snakes.
Most people avoid venomous creatures, but they can also teach us a lot about chemical reactions that take place outside of the body - or exochemistry.
The inland taipan is world famous for its venom.
Australia is world famous for its venomous critters, including its many highly venomous snakes. The snake that holds the popular title of “world’s most venomous” is the inland taipan (Oxyuranus microlepidotus…
Past studies have indicated the redback spider antivenom is effective.
Media reports about the redback spider antivenom being ineffective caused a bit of a stir recently. The articles were based on research presented at a major toxinology conference in Dubai. To understand…