BBC News – The drugs derived from deadly poisons

I came across this article from the BBC on Twitter today, and I think it’s really interesting. It explains how some of the most poisonous substances we know of can also be used to have a positive effect on the human body.

I’ve heard a few presentations during my academic life by chemists who turn poisons and toxins into useful drugs and medicines for the human body, including the one mentioned in this article, botox. I’ve always found this area of chemistry fascinating, and there have been some real success stories of these toxins being used to eradicate a variety of diseases and ailments.

It’s amazing, really, that something designed to cause damage to the body can be altered to give such beneficial effects. Cool stuff!


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