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National Geographic Live: Nature to Medicine with Zoltan Takacs
Join adventurer, biomedical scientist and inventor Zoltan Takacs as he speaks on the healing properties of some of the world’s deadliest venoms.
The Earth’s deadliest animal venoms are a source of a number of lifesaving medicines used to treat everything from heart attacks to diabetes. Yet there are millions of venom toxins in nature that remain unexplored. Biomedical scientist and inventor Zoltan Takacs collects snake, scorpion, jellyfish, and other venoms from around the world. Back in the lab, using cutting-edge genomics, he creates combinatorial venom libraries to identify leads for novel medicines.