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Live Science Book Giveaway: 'Venomous' by Christie Wilcox

"Venomous" by Christie Wilcox explores the diverse animals that deliver toxic bites and stings. (Image credit: Scientific American / Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

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.

Details about the giveaway are below. And don't forget to follow Live Science on Facebook and Twitter for updates on this contest and other live video events!

Venomous: How Earth's Deadliest Creatures Mastered Biochemistry Giveaway

Official Rules

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to legal residents of 50 U.S & DC, 18 or older. Employees, agents, officers & directors of Purch Group, Inc. ("Sponsor"), its parent, subsidiaries, affiliates & advertising & promotion agencies (collectively with Facebook, Inc., “Released Parties”) & members of their immediate family (spouse, parent, children, siblings & their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) & persons living in the same household, whether or not related, are not eligible. Void where prohibited. Subject to all applicable federal, state & local laws. HOW TO ENTER:  Beginning at 1:00 pm on Thursday, September 29, 2016 (“Event”), visit the Live Science page on Facebook (“Event Page”), find the post about the giveaway and leave a comment via a comment to the post.  If, for whatever reason, the Event is cancelled or postponed, this giveaway will not occur.  Entries generated by script, macro or other automated means or by any means which subvert the entry process are void. 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Mindy Weisberger
Mindy Weisberger is a senior writer for Live Science covering general science topics, especially those relating to brains, bodies, and behaviors in humans and other animals — living and extinct. Mindy studied filmmaking at Columbia University; her videos about dinosaurs, biodiversity, human origins, evolution, and astrophysics appear in the American Museum of Natural History, on YouTube, and in museums and science centers worldwide. Follow Mindy on Twitter.