OK, though this is not as bad as printing the wrong form of DNA on the cover Nature has another faux pas. In a recent Nature News story discussing a recent paper on the characterization of venoms in the platypus, Ewen Callaway reports in Poisonous platypuses confirm convergent evolution : Nature News:
By some accounts, being poisoned by a platypus could qualify as punishment in one of Dante’s circles of hell. In one case report2, Australian doctors described their treatment of a 57-year-old man a few hours after he grabbed one of the small marsupials while fishing. The pain was “so bad I started to become incoherent” the man said, and far worse than the shrapnel wounds he took as a soldier. Ibuprofen and morphine provided no relief, and one finger was swollen and ached more than 4 months after the run-in.
Fortunately Nature does get this correct on the headline for the story “Genome analysis shows that the monotremes and snakes have similar venoms” but the damage is done in the middle.
The mistake in the middle of the article may seem a very minor thing to most of you out there. But @an_dre_a is calling for action on twitter from the monotreme antidefamation league. And I am now posting here and giving Nature my coveted “Twisted Tree of Life Award” (the ninth) to bring attention to this horrendous horrendous offense to monotremes everywhere.