The Many Uses of Venom

You don’t want to get bitten by a krait. But a new book argues that venoms ensure a healthy balance of nature.

Venom can set off a near-irreversible cascade of bodily destruction. Every year, more than 100,000 people die after a snake bite. But as devastating as they are, according to a new book, venoms ensure a healthy predator-prey balance, and some can even be harnessed to boost human health and well-being. (Visual by )

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