Venom brings readers face to face with some of the most dangerous creatures on the planet, including jellyfish, snakes, and wasps, as it uncovers the story of venom and poison. The book explores the differences between venom and poison, and how each is used for predation, defense, competition, and communication by an incredible diversity of species. It examines the unique methods that these species have evolved to create and deliver their deadly toxins. Using fossil record and DNA analyses, the book traces venom back to its origin in early jellyfish and sea anemones, and reveals how the use of venom has spread through a variety of animal groups since that time. And finally, it examines the relationships between these dangerous creatures and humans. Humans have not only learned to live with them, but also to benefit from them: scientists increasingly are harnessing the power of venom to create new drugs, treatments, and vaccines.
ISBN 10: 1588344541
ISBN 13: 9781588344540
Ronald Jenner and Eivind Undheim
RONALD JENNER is a research leader in the Department of Life Sciences at the Natural History Museum, London. EIVIND UNDHEIM is a research officer at the University of Queensland, Australia, and the author of numerous publications on venom and poison.
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