Contribute Now
NOVA | Venom: Nature's Killer | Science | Technology | Nature | WMHT
  • Click to join the WMHT e-news mailing list
  • Click to make a sustaining contribution to WMHT
  • Click to contribute to WMHT
  • In Partnership With:
  • PBS
  • NPR

NOVA | Venom: Nature's Killer

Posted by WMHT Web Editor

Venom scientists are in a race against time. Inside the bodies of many creatures, evolution has produced extremely toxic cocktails, all designed for one reason: to kill. It took millions of years to perfect these ultimate brews of proteins and peptides, and we have only just begun to discover their potential. Now, the race is on to collect and study them before the animals that produce them disappear. But how does venom do its deadly work? NOVA reveals how venom causes the body to shut down, arteries to bleed uncontrollably and limbs to go black and die. But nature’s most destructive and extreme poisons could contain the building blocks for a new generation of advanced drugs that could treat heart attack, stroke, diabetes, obesity and cancer. “Venom” follows two scientists on their expeditions to track down and capture the planet’s most deadly creatures, risking life and limb just to tease out milligrams of venom and get it back to the lab. Find out how nature’s deadliest cocktails could be medicine’s brightest new hope.

Can scientists unravel the mysterious phenomena that lurk between Earth and space?

NOVA scienceNOW News

Five Reasons to Eat Insects Five Reasons to Eat Insects
Save room for bugs! They're the future of green cuisine.
Profile: Shaundra Daily Profile: Shaundra Daily
This software engineer and dancer found her groove teaching children about their emotional lives.
Nature follows one of the most fearless animals in the world: the honey badger.

PBS Nature News

A Sloth Named Velcro: About A Sloth Named Velcro: About
Please view the original post to see the video. In 2000 in the jungles of Panama, a young journalist, named Ana, has a chance encounter with a tiny orphaned sloth, whi...
A Sloth Named Velcro: Baby Pygmy Sloth Clings to Mom A Sloth Named Velcro: Baby Pygmy Sloth Clings to Mom
Please view the original post to see the video. Journalist Ana Salceda searches for pygmy three-toed sloths (Bradypus pygmaeus) on Isla Escudo de Veraguas, a small isl...