Venom : The secrets of nature's deadliest weapon

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When we enter the world of venom, we enter the realm of one of the most diverse, versatile, sophisticated, and deadly biological adaptations ever to have evolved on Earth. Since it first appeared in ancient jellyfish and sea anemones, venom has
proved so effective that it has since evolved independently in dozens of different animal groups. The authors reveal the many unique methods by which venomous animals deliver their cocktail of toxins and how these disrupt the physiology of the victims. Jenner and Undheim also consider how humans have learnt to neutralise venom's devastating effects, as well
as exploit the power of venom in innovative ways to create new drugs to treat a variety of serious conditions. Fully illustrated throughout, this illuminating guide will appeal to all those with an interest in the wondrous world of venom.
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Product details

  • Paperback
  • 173 x 230 x 15mm | 582g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Over 100 colour illustrations and photographs
  • 0565094033
  • 9780565094034
  • 566,072

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`An insightful read, revealing the staggering diversity of mechanisms for venom delivery, the chemical cocktails it contains, how it evolved and the ways in which it is contributing to other branches of science, particularly medicine. Far from being relished as ghoulish, in this book venom is celebrated as one of evolution's most spectacular adaptations.' BBC Wildlife 'Jenner and Undheim do a remarkable job of spanning this range of topics and introducing each with exciting examples from across the (mostly) animal kingdom. Venom provides something for every reader at a level that assumes almost no prior specialized knowledge. It is richly illustrated and visually appealing in a way that made me think of it almost as a 'coffee-table book'. Indeed, visitors to my office and home often picked up the book to skim through it. As an overview of a beguiling dimension of biology, it hits its mark.' Current Biology
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About Ronald Jenner

Ronald Jenner is a Research Leader in the Department of Life Sciences, Natural History Museum, London. His empirical research investigates venom evolution, with a focus on neglected venomous invertebrates, while his theoretical work addresses conceptual issues in evolutionary biology. Eivind Undheim is an ARC DECRA Research Fellow at the University
of Queensland, Australia. His main research interest is the evolution of venoms and venom systems. His research covers a great diversity of animals, with a particular focus on centipedes, one of the oldest groups of venomous land animals.
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