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2013-02-27 11:09:07

The powerful venom of the saw-scaled viper Echis carinatus contains both anticoagulants and coagulants finds a study published in the launch edition of BioMed Central's open access journal Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins including Tropical Diseases (JVATiTD). These may be a source of potent drugs to treat human disease. The saw-scaled viper family Echis, responsible for most snake attacks on humans, are recognizable by the 'sizzling' noise they make, produced by rubbing together...

2013-02-20 23:04:48

In a paper published today in the journal PLOS ONE, scientists from Biolog, Inc. reported on the use of Phenotype MicroArray technology as a general method that enables the determination of environmental signals that can activate or repress production of toxins by pathogenic microorganisms. Hayward, CA (PRWEB) February 20, 2013 Regulation of Microbial Toxin Production: A Novel Application of Biolog´s Phenotype MicroArray Technology In a paper published today in the journal PLOS ONE,...

2012-11-30 14:23:04

New research in The FASEB Journal shows that toxins taken from the venom of sea anemones could be the next wave of insecticides and may even be used to treat pain, cardiac disorders and other conditions As insects evolve to become resistant to insecticides, the need to develop new ways to control pests grows. A team of scientists from Leuven, Belgium have discovered that the sea anemone's venom harbors several toxins that promise to become a new generation of insecticides that are...

'Red Tide' Species Deadlier Than First Thought
2012-07-25 15:15:43

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A researcher at the University of Connecticut and his team have discovered that a species of tiny aquatic organism prominent in harmful algal blooms sometimes called "red tide" is even deadlier than first thought, with potential consequences for entire marine food chains. Professor Hans Dam along with his research group in the school's Department of Marine Sciences have discovered that the plankton species Alexandrium tamarense...

2012-02-23 19:00:00

Sanford-Burnham researchers determine the first 3D structure of the botulinum neurotoxin, together with the protein bodyguard that guides it through the body–revealing weak spots that could be exploited to develop new counterterrorism measures. La Jolla, Calif. (PRWEB) February 23, 2012 Researchers at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute (Sanford-Burnham) and the Medical School of Hannover in Germany recently discovered how the botulinum neurotoxin, a potential bioterrorism...

2012-02-11 11:00:00

Essential Safe Products (ESP) has announced that as the official featured sponsor of the 54th Annual GRAMMY® Awards Talent Gift Lounge, it will be bringing a non-toxic, food-safe, and eco-friendly lifestyle to presenters and performers of Music's Biggest Night®, which will be broadcast live on Sunday, February 12 on the CBS Television Network from 8 p.m. — 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). Plantation, Florida (PRWEB) February 11, 2012 As the featured sponsor of the Official Talent Gift...

2011-12-01 01:19:21

The most poisonous substance on Earth – already used medically in small doses to treat certain nerve disorders and facial wrinkles – could be re-engineered for an expanded role in helping millions of people with rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, psoriasis and other diseases, scientists are reporting. Their study appears in ACS' journal Biochemistry. Edwin Chapman and colleagues explain that toxins, or poisons, produced by Clostridium botulinum bacteria, cause of a rare but severe...


Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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