Live Science is hosting a book giveaway!
On Thursday (Sept. 29) at 1:00 p.m. ET, author Christie Wilcox visits Live Science to talk about her new book, "Venomous: How Earth's Deadliest Creatures Mastered Biochemistry" (Scientific American/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016). Join us for a Facebook Live event, during which we'll be giving away a signed copy of her book to one lucky viewer. [Tune in on Live Science's Facebook page]
Wilcox is a biologist and writer who has contributed to the New York Times, Scientific American, the Washington Post, and Popular Science, to name a few. She is also co-editor of "Science Blogging: The Essential Guide" (Yale University Press, 2016), a how-to primer for communicating science online.
In "Venomous," Wilcox escorts readers on a harrowing journey of discovery that examines the biological weapons that animals use to subdue prey, compete for mates, or protect themselves from predators.
Her book investigates some of the deadliest animals on land and sea, and delves deep into the unique circumstances and evolutionary twists and turns that enabled them to evolve chemical cocktails that can incapacitate, paralyze or kill. But these harmful compounds can also be helpful; analysis of different types of venom is helping scientists to not only understand the components that make them so deadly, but is informing efforts to develop new medicines for treating a wide range of ailments.
Venomous: How Earth's Deadliest Creatures Mastered Biochemistry Giveaway