Five Cute Critters That Can Kill You

From Reactions.

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Don’t let their cuteness fool you–these animals are not to be messed with. This week on Reactions we break down the chemistry behind what makes these adorable critters deadly.


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Producer: Andrew Sobey
Writer: Samantha Jones, Ph.D.
Scientific Consultants: Leila Duman, Ph.D., Michelle Boucher, Ph.D., Bryan Fry, Ph.D., Diane Brinkman, Ph.D., Katherine Belov, Ph.D., Becky Williams, Ph.D.

Executive Producer: George Zaidan
Production Manager: Hilary Hudson

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Gerry Shury, Frank Mc Donald, Chris Rae

Slow loris is a venomous animal

Slow loris toxin

Biochemistry, ecology and evolution of slow loris venom

Anaphylactic shock following the bite of a wild Kayan slow loris

Uteroglobin family

Box jelly transcriptome

Box jelly biochemistry

New box jelly venom antidote

Box jelly venom is hemolytic


Tetrodotoxin analogues

Cephalopod ink

Marine antivenoms

Blue ringed octopus toxicity

Tetrodotoxin-producing bacteria

Venom evolution and identification in the platypus

C-type natriuretic peptide

Dose and time dependence of box jellyfish antivenom

Tetrodotoxin for pain

Tetrodotoxin clinical trial

Tetrodotoxin levels in pufferfish (Lagocephalus sceleratus) caught in the Northeastern Mediterranean Sea.

Slow loris parasite

Spheroidine (Compound)

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