Tests can reveal whether an antibody can turn into a killer

What makes a soldier switch sides? That is a really good question, especially when the soldier is an antibody that is supposed to defend the body against one of the world's most dangerous snake venoms but instead ends up ...

Snake charm: Four reasons to love snakes

Picture this: the sun is shining, the birds are singing, and you're enjoying a hike in nature. You haven't a care in the world until you round the corner on your favorite walking trail. And then you see it.

Evolutionary history of three-finger snake toxins decoded

Snakebites cause around 100,000 deaths worldwide every year. Researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have investigated how the toxin emerged between 50 and 120 million years ago through the modification of ...

Researchers reveal the venomous secrets of European snakes

Not only in the tropics do snake bites lead to dangerous envenoming—bites from European venomous snakes can also cause severe physical damage. But their venom also contains active substances that could be used against bacterial ...

How an unlikely amphibian survived its judgment day

An international team of researchers has uncovered "unprecedented" snake venom resistance in an unexpected species—the legless amphibians known as caecilians. The research has been published in the International Journal ...

Snakes: Understand them, avoid them

Snakes, whether we like them or fear them, are becoming more active this time of year and activity will increase as spring temperatures climb.

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