Exhibition Highlights

About the Exhibition

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About the Exhibition

Explore poison’s roles in nature, myth, and human health—as a defense against predators, a source of strength, or a lethal weapon-turned-lifesaving treatment.

Meet the Curator

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Meet the Curator

Dr. Mark Siddall studies the evolutionary biology of a wide range of parasites, from single-celled microbes to leeches.

Poison in Nature

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Poison in Nature

Poisons are just one tool of many in an organism’s struggle for existence. For the most part, when humans are stung or poisoned, we’ve been caught in the crossfire.

Poison in Myth and Legend

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Poison in Myth and Legend

Once upon a time, people often turned to magic, instead of science, to understand the unexplainable, including many sicknesses and poisonings.

Villains and Victims

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Villains and Victims

In centuries past, illness and death could strike suddenly and inexplicably. Was poison to blame? Or some poorly understood disease?

Poison for Good

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Poison for Good

Used carefully, poisons can be beneficial. Plant toxins and animal venoms have been used in treatments for medical conditions ranging from coughing to cancer.

Major funding has been provided by the

Lila Wallace – Reader’s Digest Endowment Fund.

The Power of Poison