A Library of Venom

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Australia has some of the world’s deadliest fauna. A new library hopes to store samples of these creatures’ venom. Snakes, octopus, spiders, and even platypus will be caught and milked, reports the Guardian, and the venom will be stored in the library for researchers to access. The goal is to make the development of anti-venom easier. So far, venom from 12 snakes has been catalogued.


Ian MacAllen's fiction has appeared in 45th Parallel Magazine, Little Fiction, Vol 1. Brooklyn, Joyland Magazine, and elsewhere and nonfiction has appeared in Chicago Review of Books, The Negatives, Electric Literature, Fiction Advocate, and elsewhere. He is the Deputy Editor of The Rumpus, holds an MA in English from Rutgers University, tweets @IanMacAllen and is online at IanMacAllen.com. More from this author →