Civil Geeks: Virtues of Venomous Creatures
I got to interview one of my favorite scientists for my latest “Civil Geeks” column. Christie Wilcox is a beloved and respective science blogger and communicator who recently published her first book. “Venomous: How Earth’s Deadliest Creatures Mastered Biochemistry“:
â€œThe book gave me the chance to share the awesomeness of venomous animals with the world, and maybe, just maybe, someone who reads it will be a little less fearful and a little more in awe of these incredible animals,â€ she said.
Meanwhile, she continues to blog, and continues her work, both in advocating and conducting scientific research. Sheâ€™s currently working as a post-doctoral trainee in the lab of UH jellyfish researcher Angel Yanagihara on effective ways to treat stings â€” rather than folk remedies ranging from ice packs to pee.
â€œI never realized how often medical advice is given without evidence to really back it up,â€ she said. â€œSometimes even from doctors.â€
Read the full article: ‘Lethal Beasts’ Deserve Our Respect