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Mast Cells Defang Snake and Bee Venom

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Science  28 Jul 2006:
Vol. 313, Issue 5786, pp. 427
DOI: 10.1126/science.313.5786.427

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On page 526, researchers report that mast cells unexpectedly help protect mice against snake and bee venoms, at least in part by breaking down the poisons. (Read more.)