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How does venom work?

  1. Jun 6, 2004 #1
    i want to know how venom works on a molecular level.

    what do the chemicals in the venom do that causes a negative reaction when introduced into somebody?
     
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  3. Jun 6, 2004 #2

    Monique

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    Well, venom disturbs the normal functioning of the nerve or muscle cells to immobilize a prey. There are several different targets on nerve or muscle cells like acetylcholine receptors, potassium channels and calcium channels. Some venoms contain enzymes, which will actually digest or break down tissue.

    More information can be found here http://www.fathom.com/course/10701017/session3.html
     
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