Find out how nature and science can create good from bad
Australia is home to many of the planet’s most venomous creatures, carrying evolution’s most exquisitely engineered biological weapons. In a fortunate twist of pharmaceutical fate, this arsenal of natural chemical structures also offers myriad opportunities for scientists to fight some of humanity’s most intractable ills including chronic pain.
Join ABC presenter Dr Norman Swan and our panel of biologists, chemists and innovators to learn how technological advances in recent decades are harnessing new drug candidates from our ‘backyard’ apothecary to improve human health.
Norman Swan hosts The Health Report on ABC’s Radio National, and Tonic on ABC News24TV. The Health Report is the world’s longest running health programme in the English speaking world....View Profile
Associate Professor Jamie Seymour or the “Jelly Dude from Nemo land” has been researching and working with venomous and dangerous animals for over 20 yrs with his present interest being...View Profile
Glenn King is a pioneer in the field of venoms-based drug discovery, in particular the development of drugs and environmentally friendly insecticides derived from spider venoms. Professor King’s early work...View Profile
Norelle Daly is a Professor of Structural Biology at James Cook University (JCU) in Cairns. Her research uses NMR spectroscopy to study protein components called peptides, and particularly those with...View Profile
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