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There's an Ancient Connection Between Our Saliva and Snake Venom

There’s an Ancient Connection Between Our Saliva and Snake Venom

The Taiwan habu has venom glands that are rooted in a distant genetic past.Image: OIST/Steven Aird Humans and other mammals have the same genetic foundations for developing oral venom that snakes have, according to a paper published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Advertisement This connection was discovered by a research …

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A ferret is the first North American endangered animal to be cloned

A ferret is the first North American endangered animal to be cloned

Animal cloning might just become a valuable tool in preserving species that might otherwise go extinct. BBC News says US Fish and Wildlife Service has successfully cloned a black-footed ferret — the first genetic copy of a North American endangered species. Elizabeth Ann, born on December 10th, was produced from the frozen cells of Willa, …

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