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Cone snails are beautiful, but also potentially lethal

By Susan Scott

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jun 23, 2014

~~<p>Last week at UH-Manoa I met 45 cone snails, each living in its own saltwater condo. The healthy mollusks are safe from predators (rays and some crabs), receive catered meals with vitamin supplements, enjoy a regular cleaning service and occasionally get visits from a member of the opposite sex. If snails wore team shirts, this group&rsquo;s would say &ldquo;Life Is Good.&rdquo;</p>
<p>The cone snails are the stars of biochemistry professor Jon-Paul (JP) Bingham's research lab. There JP, his 11 graduate students and two undergrads study toxins in the snails' venom.</p>
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Last week at UH-Manoa I met 45 cone snails, each living in its own saltwater condo. The healthy mollusks are safe from predators (rays and some crabs), receive catered meals with vitamin supplements, enjoy a regular cleaning service and occasionally get visits from a member of the opposite sex. If snails wore team shirts, this group’s would say “Life Is Good.”

The cone snails are the stars of biochemistry professor Jon-Paul (JP) Bingham's research lab. There JP, his 11 graduate students and two undergrads study toxins in the snails' venom. Login for more...



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