The Anomalies: Venom Race

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The Anomalies: Venom Race


  Last updated October 9, 2018 at 1:14 pm


Selected for SCINEMA 2018 Community Program

Nathan Dappen (USA)

Most scorpions are harmless to humans but in the deserts of North America, one group of species, collectively called striped bark scorpions, produce venom that is potentially lethal and extremely painful. Despite their potent venom, striped bark scorpions are still a favourite meal of a small rodent called the grasshopper mouse. After decades of work, biologists have discovered that this tiny mouse may be the key to explaining how and why striped bark scorpion venom is so toxic.


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