The search for the healing poison

The search for the healing poison

A spitting cobra squirts its venom up to two meters away: If the mixture hits the eyes, the victim threatens to go blind.
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Poison is one of the most effective weapons of animals. But what kills in high doses can be used medicinally in low doses. Almost 30,000 of these substances have been newly recorded in the past ten years.


Researching animal toxins in order to discover medicinal substances and therapeutics is time-consuming and expensive.

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