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The venom of cobras contains a mixture of substances that have a variety of physiological effects. One substance in the venom works by preventing acetylcholine from binding to muscle receptors. How does the venom affect the prey of the cobra?
a. Action potentials would be continuously generated, causing convulsive muscle contractions.
b. Muscle contractions would be prevented, causing paralysis.
c. Muscle contractions could still occur, but relaxation of the muscle would be impaired.
d. Action potentials would be continuously generated, causing convulsive muscle contractions; muscle contractions would then be prevented, causing paralysis.
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