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Category: evolutionary biology

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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Scientists Are Looking Beyond Antibiotics to Stop the Drug-Resistant Bacteria Crisis

Scientists Are Looking Beyond Antibiotics to Stop the Drug-Resistant Bacteria Crisis

Surgeons in France operate on a patient to inject him with phages as a treatment against multi-drug-resistant bacteria.Photo: ROMAIN LAFABREGUE/AFP (Getty Images) As the world continues to work toward defeating a pandemic caused by a virus, another type of pathogen is increasingly becoming a major threat. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria has been a growing problem for years …

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