The Venom Cure

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NATURE’s The Venom Cure reveals poisonous creatures that may one day save your life.

You know those beautiful little tropical frogs with electric blue or orange markings? A single touch of their skin could kill you.

Have you ever seen an elegant cone snail shell lying on the beach? Well, beware! It hides a poison harpoon that is deadly.

And watch out! Those snakes and lizards could be armed with venom and toxic saliva.

Amazingly, they may also hold cures to many human diseases. Scientists have discovered that natural poisons, toxins, and venoms contain chemicals that can be used to create an array of drugs for treating everything from chronic pain to cancer. For instance, the cone shell’s venom, packed with nerve-debilitating conotoxins, provides the basis for a new painkiller. Contortrostatin, a component found in copperhead venom, is being used to attack breast cancer cells and to prevent cancer from spreading.

Call it the poison paradox — or The Venom Cure.

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Online content for The Venom Cure was originally posted April 2005.

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Television Credits

Narrated by
JAY O. SANDERS

Produced by
NIGEL MARVEN
ROB HARVEY

Photography
PAUL ZENK
MALCOLM LUDGATE
ROD CLARKE

Additional Photography
SEAN BUSH

Sound
MYLENE LUDGATE
MATTHEW WRIGHT

Editor
ROB DAVIES

Online Editor
ADRIAN RIGBY

Dubbing Editor
PAUL FISHER

Dubbing Mixer
CHRIS DOMAILLE

Script Editor
SOPHIE COOPER

Composer
WILL SLATER

Graphics
BIG SQUID

With Thanks to
Tourism New South Wales
Institute For Molecular Bioscience, University Of Brisbane
Wex Pharmaceuticals Inc
Xenome Ltd
Australian Reptile Park
Amylin Pharmaceuticals Inc
Loma Linda Medical Centre
University Of Alabama Medical Centre
Atlanta Botanical Gardens
Rural Metro
Mike Edgehouse

Production Co-ordinator
FIONA SEAGER

Production Manager
LOUISE DAWE-LANE

For NATURE

Series Editor
JANET HESS

Supervising Producer
JANICE YOUNG

Producers
JILL CLARKE
PATTY JACOBSON

Associate Producers
IRENE TEJARATCHI
GIANNA SAVOIE

Production Secretary
RACHEL TEEL

Manager
EILEEN FRAHER

Production Manager
JULIE SCHAPIRO THORMAN

On-line Editor
JAY SLOT
BRUNO PELLIGRINI

Sound Mixer
ED CAMPBELL

Series Producer
BILL MURPHY

Executive in Charge
WILLIAM GRANT

Executive Producer
FRED KAUFMAN

Web Credits

Producer
DANIEL B. GREENBERG

Designer
MICHAEL DIMAURO

Pagebuilding
BRIAN SANTALONE

Writer
DAVID MALAKOFF

Technical Director
BRIAN PATRICK LEE

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