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Planet Earth

Killing you with poison, not sepsis

Gene ExpressionBy Razib KhanMay 19, 2009 7:12 AM

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Ed Yong has an excellent review of new research which casts substantial doubt on the trivia chestnut that Komodo dragons kill their prey with their extremely pathogen rich saliva. The more prosaic answer seems to be that they utilize poison, not particularly surprising or trivia worthy for a reptile. But the truth is not always sexy.

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