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 is the Rumpus Deputy Editor and founder of English Kills Review an online literary magazine focused on books, authors, and New York City. His writing has appeared in Little Fiction, Vol 1 Brooklyn, Joyland Magazine, Chicago Review of Books, Fiction Advocate, and elsewhere. He holds a Master’s Degree in English from Rutgers University and lives in Brooklyn. He tweets @IanMacAllen and is online at IanMacAllen.com. More from this author →