Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Mongoose vs Cobra

Vicious little beasties, mongooses.

Apparently, mongooses have receptors for acetylcholine that, like the receptors in snakes, are shaped so that it is impossible for snake neurotoxin venom to attach to them. Research is being done to determine if similar mechanisms protect the mongoose from hemotoxic snake venoms. How damn cool is that, eh?

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