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The Power of Poison
May 27, 2017–September 4, 2017
R.P. Simmons Family Gallery
Explore poison’s paradoxical roles in nature, health, history, literature, and myth. Whether as a defense against predators, a source of magical strength, or a lethal weapon used as lifesaving medical treatment, the story of poison is surprising at every turn. Discover the toxic species that live in a remote Colombian forest, where poisons are one of many tools in organisms’ struggles to survive. Learn about evolutionary strategies that serve animals and plants; see live animals, including a Gila monster, Flame Butterfly caterpillars, and others up close. Learn how studying poison’s effects on human cells helps scientists figure out how to protect, repair, and heal them.