Sackler Educational Laboratory

Poison and the Brain

March 8, 2014 - March 16, 2014

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Nature can be quite a dangerous place, populated by millions of venomous animals who hunt or defend themselves by injecting toxins into their prey or enemy. Some animal toxins attack your central nervous system and the neurons in your brain. These neurotoxins can be very harmful, even lethal. For example, did you know that a few drops of venom from a cone snail can kill a 200 pound person in less than two hours? But some toxins may also be very useful in treating pain or other conditions when used in medicine.

Hands-on activities in the lab will guide you through the complex and surprising world of neurotoxins and their effect on the brain. Explore the scientific path from debilitating venom to therapeutic drug, learn about the effects toxins have on your body and how these might be translated into medicinal applications. Discover how scientists harvest toxins from animals, what they look like at the molecular level and how drugs are tested extensively in the lab.

Dates: March 8, 9, 15, and 16
Time: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Free with Museum Admission.