American Museum of Natural History opens The Power of Poison

The American Museum of Natural History presents The Power of Poison an exhibition on view through August 10, 2014.

Discover the toxic species that live in a remote Colombian forest, where poisons are just one of many tools in organisms’ struggles to survive. Learn about a variety of evolutionary strategies that serve animals and plants and see live animals, including a gila monster (Heloderma suspectum), Flame Butterfly Caterpillars (Dryas iulia), and others up close.

Find out which familiar tales of illness, enchantment, or death by poison—a feature of countless fairytales, myths, and legends from around the world—contain kernels of truth.

Explore some of history’s most intriguing poisoning cases, many of which remain puzzling today.

Take part in a live presentation about a real-world poisoning case and key advances in toxicology, or the science of detecting poison.

And finally, learn how studying poison’s effects on human cells helps scientists figure out how to protect, repair, and heal them. www.amnh.org

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