A recent Twitter campaign, #SkypeaScientistQuestions, inspired me to write down some of the most common and most creative questions that I have gotten over the last six sessions with various … Continue Reading Skype a Scientist Question Roundup – Fall 2018 and Spring 2019
Two jellies have contributed to Nobel Prize winning research: The Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1913 and the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2008. In both cases the … Continue Reading Man-of-War venom, and the discovery of anaphylaxis
On 3 December 2018, the first jellyfish genome was published online at Nature Ecology and Evolution. To clarify, the is the first genome of a cnidarian with a jellyfish stage (i.e. medusa). … Continue Reading Stung by a Moon – Celebration of the Aurelia aurita genome
I am busy cranking away at the Smithsonian NMNH, but I wanted to share some photos of one of my favorite complex animal features: the stinging cell! Stinging cells house … Continue Reading Stinging Cells from the Summer!
I was inspired by a segment on the first show of Science Friday’s Cephalopod Week when Dr. Janet Voight (12:11 – 13:44) casually mentioned how the Curled Octopus envenomates its crustacean … Continue Reading Octopi Venom, Directly to the Eyeball
Review of: J. Prentis, P., Pavasovic, A., & S Norton, R. (2018). Sea Anemones: Quiet Achievers in the Field of Peptide Toxins. Toxins, 10(1), 36. DOI:10.3390/toxins10010036 If you search the VenomZone website and look … Continue Reading Sea Anemones, Peptide Super Heros
If I am going to blog about venom, I would be remiss to not write a “venom versus poison” post right from the get-go. The misuse of “venom” and “poison” … Continue Reading You Have Never Been Stung by a Poisonous Jellyfish: Venom vs. Poison vs. Toxin