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Induced changes in scorpion venom chemistry

In a new paper published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B - BIological Sciences, CTBCC's Tobin Northfield is one of a number of co-authors from TESS and BMDT at James Cook University investigating changes in scorpion venom.
Induced changes in scorpion venom chemistry

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The research investigated how predator exposure and diet might influence phenotypic plasticity in scorpion venom in a laboratory experiment.

The researchers found that after only six weeks, scorpions exposed to surrogate vertebrate predator showed different venom chemistry compared with control scorpions. This change included a relative increase in some compounds toxic to vertebrate cells and a relative decrease in some compounds effective against their invertebrate prey.

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