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The sophisticated Beast: Snakes, from fantasy to medication introduces you to the advanced and soaking up international of those mysterious creatures. all the fourteen chapters during this quantity will be learn independently, yet learn jointly they hint a desirable trip from the macroscopic beneficial properties of snakes to the molecular description in their venom elements.

The first 3 chapters element how snakes encouraged worry and worship, served as resources of drugs, and represented stable and evil during the a long time. the rest sections describe a lot of the clinical paintings that has eroded those supernatural ideals up to now 3 centuries. The ebook examines the beginning, gains, and category of snakes, and likewise deals an actual description of snake venoms and their elements. the ultimate bankruptcy discusses how venoms will be utilized towards medicinal reasons. Illustrated with a wealth of complete colour figures, this quantity explains technical issues in language that's comprehensible to an informed lay viewers.

About the Author
André Ménez is the Director of the dept of Protein Engineering on the Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique (CEA) in France. He heads the Laboratory of Protein Chemistry and is Professor on the nationwide Institute of Sciences and Nuclear suggestions. His wisdom of the pollutants of venomous animals conjures up his examine of proteins for the advance of latest antivenins and medication. he's a recipient of the Redi Award from the foreign Society of Toxicology.

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