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2009-06-03 16:56:31

A Maryland man bitten by a baby copperhead snake at his apartment inside a Buddhist temple said he prayed for the animal before setting it free. Sam Pettengill, 36, said he assumed the tiny snake was harmless when he found it inside his studio apartment Sunday night at the Kunzang Palyul Choling temple near Poolesville, so he attempted to pick it up, The Washington Post reported Wednesday. He said some friends helped him catch the snake in a vase and identify it as a potentially venomous...

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2009-05-21 12:00:00

Spanish police say they are waiting for a shipment of snake venom antidote before entering a Madrid apartment filled with illegal reptiles. Civil Guard officers in Madrid and zookeepers called in to assist with the operation Wednesday said they are waiting to enter an apartment believed to contain two pythons, five boa constrictors and a rattlesnake, The Times of London reported Thursday. The officers said local hospitals do not stock venom antidotes for non-native snakes and it could take up...

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2009-05-19 13:44:50

Australian researchers have discovered what makes the Komodo dragon's bite so deadly for its prey. Scientists previously considered that the world's largest lizard's mouth held deadly bacteria that stopped its victims' blood from clotting. Walter Auffenberg put that theory forward in 1981. But lead researcher Bryan Fry used magnetic resonance imagery to show that the deadly lizard packs a venomous bite, as seen through its venom gland with ducts that lead to their teeth. Fry used 3-D computer...

2009-04-29 01:38:59

A British letter carrier got an unpleasant surprise when a venomous snake lurking in a post box bit him on the hand. Alan Wakley told the Burnham & Highbridge Weekly News he is sure the snake, small and olive-green in color, was an adder. But he said his hand did not become swollen so the snake may not have actually injected him with venom, although he could see the mark of its fangs. The collection box in Brean Cove in Somerset, set into a wall, has now been sealed off with a sign: Out...

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2009-04-15 13:02:31

Once thought to be only the realm of the blue-ringed octopus, researchers have now shown that all octopuses and cuttlefish, and some squid are venomous. The work indicates that they all share a common, ancient venomous ancestor and highlights new avenues for drug discovery. Conducted by scientists from the University of Melbourne, University of Brussels and Museum Victoria, the study was published in the Journal of Molecular Evolution. Dr Bryan Fry from the Department of Biochemistry at the...

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2009-04-10 07:10:19

A Welsh university student has recently discovered that the potency and composition of a snake's venom are largely determined by its location and diet. Axel Barlow, a student at Bangor University in Wales, observed that the toxins in snake's venom appear to be specifically designed for the kinds of prey that they feed on.  As part of his final-year paper, Barlow was studying the saw-scale viper, a snake whose natural habitat reaches from northern Africa, across the Middle East and as far...

2009-03-18 08:23:58

USA300"”the major epidemic strain of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) causing severe infections in the United States during the past decade"”inherits its destructiveness directly from a forefather strain of the bacterium called USA500 rather than randomly acquiring harmful genes from other MRSA strains. This finding comes from a new study led by scientists at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of...

2009-03-09 06:00:00

TORONTO, March 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Spectral Diagnostics Inc. (TSX:SDI) today announced that it has signed a license agreement with Toray Industries, Inc. of Japan granting Spectral the exclusive development and commercial rights in the U.S. for Toraymyxin(TM), a therapeutic device for the treatment of sepsis that removes endotoxin from the bloodstream. Under the terms of the agreement, Spectral will seek FDA approval for Toraymyxin(TM) and intends to commercialize the product together...

2009-02-23 06:00:00

TORONTO, Feb. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Spectral Diagnostics Inc. (TSX:SDI) today announced that it presented new findings demonstrating the clinical utility of its EAA(TM) Endotoxin Activity Assay, the only FDA cleared diagnostic for the measurement of endotoxin, at the 13th Annual Critical Care for Endotoxemia congress. The conference took place in Tokyo, Japan on February 19th and 20th, 2009 and focused on the role of endotoxemia in sepsis. In addition to Spectral's presentation, data...

2009-01-22 14:15:26

Police said an Indiana man who was bitten by a venomous snake was later charged with possessing the serpent without a permit. Conservation Officer Mac Spainhour said John Haley was rushed to a hospital after he was bitten by a rhinoceros viper Monday and medical staff discovered the snake's bite had not injected any venom into his blood, WLKY-TV, Louisville, Ky., reported Thursday. Today, I went back with a snake expert from our department and we confiscated three venomous snakes and there's...


Latest Toxins Reference Libraries

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2007-01-10 10:29:11

The Western Diamondback Rattlesnake, Crotalus atrox, is a species of venomous rattlesnake found in the United States and Mexico. It is found in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. It prefers flatlands and prairies to the rocky hills and low mountains. This snake is generally colored dark or light brown. Its pattern is a unique row of large, dark diamond shapes edged in yellow trim, running down the length of its body. The diamonds fade to dark rings around the tail, where...

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2005-06-15 17:02:02

Rattlesnakes are a group of venomous New World snakes (genera Crotalus and Sistrurus) which have a small jointed rattle on their tails. They use this rattle as a warning device when they feel threatened. The rattle is composed of a series of nested, hollow beads which are actually modified scales from the tail-tip. Each time the snake sheds its skin, a new rattle segment is added. Since they may shed their skins many times a year (depending on food supply and consequent growth rates), and...

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