Shrews and Lizards Evolved Toxic Proteins in the Same Way

October 29, 2009
Courtesy of the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology  A harmless digestive enzyme can be turned into a toxin in two unrelated species — a shrew (pictured) and a lizard — thereby giving each a venomous bite.

Postdoc, Yael Aminetzach's (Hoekstra lab), newest study in Current Biology shows that venomous shrews and lizards evolved toxic proteins in the same way. Full Story.

See also: Postdoc News, 2009