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Venomous - How Earth's Deadliest Creatures Mastered Biochemistry

Christie Wilcox

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A thrilling tale of encounters with nature's masters of biochemistry In Venomous, the molecular biologist Christie Wilcox investigates venoms and the animals that use them, revealing how they work, what they do to the human body, and how they can revolutionize biochemistry and medicine today. Wilcox takes us from the coast of Indonesia to the rainforests of Peru in search of the secrets of these mysterious animals. We encounter jellyfish that release microscopic venom-packed darts known to kill humans in just two minutes, a two-inch caterpillar with toxic bristles that trigger hemorrhaging throughout the body, and a stunning blue-ringed octopus with saliva capable of inducing total paralysis. How could an animal as simple as a jellyfish evolve such an intricate, deadly poison? And how can a snake possess enzymes that tear through tissue yet leave its own body unscathed? Wilcox meets the fearless scientists who often risk their lives studying these lethal beasts to find out, and puts her own life on the line to examine these species up close. Drawing on her own research on venom chemistry and evolution, she also shows how venom is helping us untangle the complex mechanisms of some of our most devastating diseases. Venomous reveals that the animals we fear the most actually hold the keys to a deeper understanding of evolution, adaptation, and immunity. Thrilling and surprising at every turn, Venomous will change the way you think about our natural world.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Emily Rankin

Length:

6h 36m


Chapters

Free Sample

03:35

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:18


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:35


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:30


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:35


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:52


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:16


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:20


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:21


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:19


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:18


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:36


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:16


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:56


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:05


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:03


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:03


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:35


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

08:37


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:36


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:33


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:09


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:31


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:37


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:43


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:26


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:46


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:44


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:55


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:02


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:28


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:26


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:49


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:53


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:42


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:28


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:54


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:32


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:39


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:31


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:36


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:33


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:32


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

03:40


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:16


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:18


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:39


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

08:42


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

08:52


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:53


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:46


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

08:36


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

03:32


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:54


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

07:49


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:24


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:56


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:06


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

03:25


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:31


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:57


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:54


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:45


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

03:22


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

00:36