The Australian box jellyfish, the most venomous creature on Earth. Image: Peter Southwood [CC BY-SA 3.0 (]
Antidote found to deadly box jellyfish sting - life short science news

Researchers have discovered an antidote to the sting of the most venomous creature on Earth: the Australian box jellyfish. The tentacles of this animal can reach three meters of length, and contain enough venom to kill 60 humans.

The antidote was discovered with the CRISPR genome editing technique, and was tested on human cells and on mice.

The scientists found that the venom of the jellyfish requires cholesterol to work. There are already many drugs on the market that target cholesterol, which should facilitate further study of the efficacy of the antidote and the development of a topical cream or spray.

Read the full story: University of Sydney
Scientific publication: Nature Communications