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Marine cone snails, a biomedical resource

Marine cone snails, a biomedical resource

    MARINE cone snails valued by shell collectors for beautiful patterns on the shells manufacture powerful venom to immobilize their prey of fish, worms and other mollusks. Only a few species of cone snails are highly dangerous to man. The most dangerous species are those that feed on fish. It releases a venomous cocktail […]

Geography cone snails – the deadliest

    CONUS geographus, popularly called geography cone, have been valued for centuries by shell collectors for their extraordinary beauty. They grow to about 15 cm in length and have intricately patterned brown-and-white shells, which are highly prized by shell collectors. It lives in the reefs of the tropical Indo-Pacific, and hunts small fish. Because […]

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Unexpected danger in the sea – flying spears

    NEEDLEFISH, as their name suggests, are long, narrow, silvery, thin streamlined body with needlelike beaks, which are filled with sharp teeth. These beaks together with their sword-shaped thin bodies, sometimes, become dangerous living spears if you happen to be in their way in the sea. Like their other close rela­tives, the flying fish, […]

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A cure for Parkinson’s disease

    KYOTO University in Japan announced a major step for­ward in efforts to find a cure for Parkinson’s disease. They say they’ve successfully transplanted iPS cells into a patient brain, and the patient is doing well after the clinical trial surgery. The nerve cells transplanted into the patient’s brain were created using iPS cells […]

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Microplastics found in human stools

    MICROPLASTICS have already been found in birds and fish and whales, and now they have been discovered in humans. Philipp Schwabl, a gastroenterologist at the Medical University of Vienna presented his findings at a United European Gastroenterology Confer­ence in Vienna last month. The study involved three men and five women, aged 33 to […]

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A historic mistake on lactate (lactic acid)

    TYPICALLY labeled a “waste” product produced by muscles because lactate rises to high levels in the blood during extreme exercise. Athletic trainers and competitive athletes think of lactate as the cause of muscle fatigue, reduced performance and pain. However, it is a historic mistake, according to George Brooks, a professor of integrative biology […]

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