Fish toxin could help fight cancer

Fish toxin could help fight cancer

Yersinia ruckeri is a bacterial pathogen that causes a nasty disease in salmon and trout called enteric redmouth disease. Affected fish can experience hemorrhaging in their mouths, eyes, and fins. Certainly not a pleasant pathogen- but believe it or not, researchers think that a toxin created from Yersinia ruckeri could be effective against human cancer […]

Snail venom to help you get some zzz’s?

Snail venom to help you get some zzz’s?

Cone snails are extremely venomous, but researchers are trying to tap into the power behind their toxins for the benefit of human medicine. And new research has shown that a compound isolated from cone snails has had a ‘sandman’ effect in the laboratory: it puts mice to sleep! When injected into mice, this toxin put […]

Sea otters helped by artificial clams

Sea otters helped by artificial clams

In the last five years, 24 sea otters have stranded and died in the Monterey Bay area. Veterinarians noticed a strange yellow coloration to the animals, so they performed necropsies and determined that the cause of death was something pretty unexpected- microcystin. Microcystin is a cyanotoxin produced by algae, and because it’s generally found in […]