The Venom Cure

Additional Web and Print Resources

Web Resources

Venomdoc
http://www.venomdoc.com/
Explore the work of Bryan Fry, a venom researcher featured on THE VENOM CURE.

Sea Snakes
http://homes.jcu.edu.au/~sci-bhl/
A guide from sea snake researcher Vimoksalehi Lukoschek.

Snake-venom Drug Battles Breast Cancer
https://www.personalmd.com/news/a1998082609.shtml
Learn about research on contortrostatin, a protein found in snake venom, that may help prevent breast cancer from spreading to other body sites.

Research on blood clot dissolution
http://www.usc.edu/schools/medicine/util/directories/faculty/profile.php?PersonIs_ID=735
Info on Professor Francis Markland’s work

Cone Shells and Conotoxins
http://grimwade.biochem.unimelb.edu.au/cone/
Extensive information on cone shells by expert Bruce Livett.

Frogs: A Chorus of Colors
http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/frogs/
Pictures and information on poison dart frogs from the American Museum of Natural History.

Poisonous Animals
http://library.thinkquest.org/C007974/2_1bri.htm
Discover other poisonous creatures — from ants and jellyfish to platypuses and wasps.

Atlanta Botanical Gardens
http://www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org/poisonfrogs.htm
View poison dart frogs and learn about amphibian research at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens.

Venom News
http://www.news-medical.net/?keyword=Venom
Get the latest information on new treatments derived from venom.

American Diabetes Association
http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-forecast/apr2004/gut.jsp
Learn about the race to develop new drugs that treat type 2 diabetes, including one based on gila monster venom.

Exenatide
http://diabetesuffolk.com/drugs/exenatide.asp
More on the drug derived from gila monster venom.

Drugs from Nature, Then, and Now
http://publications.nigms.nih.gov/medbydesign/chapter3.html
Find out more about drugs derived from animals and plants in this Web site by the National Institutes of Health. Plus, get more information on cancer, diabetes, and chronic pain at www.nih.gov.

Related Episodes

NATURE: Victims of Venom

Learn about some creatures of the deep that use poison as a survival tactic. Plus, meet a man who dodges fangs on a daily basis to help people bitten by snakes.

NATURE: Australia’s Little Assassins

Australia is home to the most poisonous animals in the world. Find out about a few of them. Then take our quiz on Australia’s most fearsome creatures.

NATURE: The Reptiles: Snakes

Learn how snake venom is helping scientists.

Books

Ernst, Carl. VENOMOUS REPTILES OF NORTH AMERICA. Washington DC: Smithsonian, 1999.

Mara, Wil. VENOMOUS SNAKES OF THE WORLD. New York: TFH Publications, 1993.

Meier, Jurg. HANDBOOK OF CLINICAL TOXICOLOGY OF ANIMAL VENOMS AND POISONS. New York: CRC Press, 1995.

Slack-Smith, Shirley. DANGEROUS CONE SHELLS. Perth: Western Australian Museum, 1975.

Walls, Jerry. POISON FROGS OF THE FAMILY DENDROBATIDAE: JEWELS OF THE RAINFOREST. New York: TFH Publications, 1994.