A Venomous Life
Professor Sutherland was one of Australia's most brilliant and controversial scientists. Well-known for his work on animal toxins, his legacy includes the Snake Venom Detection Kit, and Sydneysiders will always be grateful for his discovery of the Funnelweb spider antivenom, which has saved many lives. This is a witty account of a complex life, covering his time at the Commonwealth Serum Laboratories, his battle to continue important research into our animal toxins, and his successful foundation of the Australian Venom Research Unit at the University of Melbourne. The story of his career is also a story about the workings and politics of bureaucracies and the research establishment in Australia. An intriguing read.
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