06 May 2020
Vol 12, Issue 542

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ONLINE COVER Making Snakebite Hisssstory. The venomous snake depicted in this photograph, Echis carinatus, is a saw-scaled viper whose bites cause thousands of deaths every year. Multiple species of saw-scaled vipers are found in regions of the world where antivenom is difficult to access in a timely manner. By studying metal chelators in mouse models of snakebite poisoning, Albulescu et al. identified a small molecule compound called DMPS that improved the animals' chances of survival. DMPS is affordable, portable, and easy to administer in remote locations, suggesting it could potentially buy time for snakebite victims to access medical care if these findings are confirmed in people. [CREDIT: W. WÜSTER]