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Fighting creepy with crawly: Spider venom in drug discovery

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Are you afraid of spiders? Our guest, Dr Samantha Nixon, certainly was very afraid before she started studying spiders. By now, she is a venom scientist and regularly handles spiders to milk them for their venom. Spider venom has turned out to be very useful for a number of medical purposes. For instance, they appear very efficient in treating certain parasitic diseases. Samantha is fascinated by spiders and will share her passion in this episode.

Our guest, Dr Samantha Nixon with one of her favorite study species, a pretty handsome tarantula.

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