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This week, mind reading children, scientists find a new gene in the lung cancer cocktail, and satnav or map-nav - what's greener? Plus we become biological weapons inspectors and explore nature's arsenal of venoms, poisons and toxins, including a scorpion's sting that can highlight cancer, how funnel web spiders are helping farmers fight off insect pests, the marine cone snail that harbours a painkiller ten thousand times more powerful than morphine, and how a snake bite can help to prevent a heart attack. Meanwhile, in Kitchen Science, Ben samples a more everyday toxin - by making stinging nettle tea.
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« Reply #1 on: 05/11/2009 10:57:00 »
This week, mind reading children, scientists find a new gene in the lung cancer cocktail, and satnav or map-nav - what's greener? Plus we become biological weapons inspectors and explore nature's arsenal of venoms, poisons and toxins, including a scorpion's sting that can highlight cancer, how funnel web spiders are helping farmers fight off insect pests, the marine cone snail that harbours a painkiller ten thousand times more powerful than morphine, and how a snake bite can help to prevent a heart attack. Meanwhile, in Kitchen Science, Ben samples a more everyday toxin - by making stinging nettle tea.
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« Reply #2 on: 01/10/2007 22:27:49 »
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« Reply #3 on: 01/10/2007 22:42:00 »
I was really fascinated with spider venom used as a natural pesticide that has to be the way to go.
 

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« Reply #4 on: 01/10/2007 22:56:46 »
Although just because it is natural doesn't mean that it is going to be environmentally harmless. Each chemical should be taken on its merits wherever it came from.
 

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« Reply #5 on: 01/10/2007 23:07:50 »
yes thats true, The guy seemed a little fuzzy on how it would effect friendly species too
 

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