Venom Nature's killer

National Geographic Television & Film

DVD - 2011

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. Follow 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 to ...the lab.

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Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Video recordings for people with visual disabilities
Published
[Alexandria, Va.] : PBS Home Video [2011].
Language
English
Physical Description
1 videodisc (DVD) (ca. 60 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in
Format
DVD, Region 1; Dolby Digital; anamorphic widescreen format, stereo.
Audience
Not rated.
ISBN
9781608834181
1608834182
Corporate Author
National Geographic Television & Film (-)
Review by Publisher Summary 1

Over the millennia, thousands of creatures have developed that most sophisticated of biological and chemical weapons: venom. Chemicals that can scramble your brain signals, paralyze your muscles, puncture blood cells, and even begin digesting you from within. But nature’s most destructive and extreme killer toxins could also contain the keys to a new generation of advanced drugs that could treat heart attack, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and cancer. NOVA follows scientists on a dangerous quest to track down, capture and sample the wares of the world’s most venomous animals – not just to find out how they kill us, but how they can save us.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Explores the effects animal venom has on the human body and how it also may be the basis for drugs that could treat heart attack, stroke, diabetes, obesity, and cancer.