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Why would you take poison as medicine?

Sticks and stones may break your bones, but tarantula venom may prevent you from having a heart attack. Could some of the world's most fearsome creatures be harboring cures for disease?

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  • Are plants used in modern medicine?
    Are plants used in modern medicine?

    It's hard to imagine that the pills handed to you by the pharmacist in the pristine white lab coat were derived from the darkest, muggiest depths of the rainforest. See more »

  • Artificial Heart Valves Quiz
    Artificial Heart Valves Quiz

    Artificial heart valves have been improving the quality of life of people with heart disease for decades. Still, the thought of having a surgeon tinker with your heart can be disconcerting. Do you know how heart valves work and their success rates? See more »

  • Can people get bone marrow transplants from baboons?
    Can people get bone marrow transplants from baboons?

    In the history of desperate time and desperate measures, you'll find Jeff Getty's story. After getting FDA approval and finding a willing doctor, Getty had a baboon bone marrow transplant in 1995. The results? A mixed bag of success and skepticism. See more »

  • Can we end aging?
    Can we end aging?

    Peter Pan? Besides the fact that he can fly, he never grows up. But in real life, aging is inevitable, no matter how we rage against the dying of the light. Or is it? See more »

  • Grow New Teeth, Only 20 Minutes a Day
    Grow New Teeth, Only 20 Minutes a Day

    Scientists have developed a new ultrasound transducer to stimulate the growth of teeth and fix asymmetric jaw bones. See how it works. See more »

  • Hearing Aid Basics
    Hearing Aid Basics

    Hearing aids -- small electronic devices that amplify sound -- can help restore many of the sounds that hearing-impaired people are missing. Find out how hearing aids work in this article. See more »

  • How 3-D Bioprinting Works
    How 3-D Bioprinting Works

    Future Victor Frankensteins won't have to become grave robbers to obtain body parts. Instead, we're betting they'll take advantage of a rapidly developing technology known as bioprinting. What do you know about this crazy offshoot of 3-D printing? See more »

  • How can scientists use an inkjet printer to make bones?
    How can scientists use an inkjet printer to make bones?

    An ingenious new method of creating artificial bone makes use of something many people have in their home: an inkjet printer. Find out how an inkjet printer can turn out artificial bones. See more »

  • How could gold save my life?
    How could gold save my life?

    In a July 2007 study, scientists detailed their use of gold nanoparticles to detect breast cancer. Nanoparticles may also form the basis of future cancer treatments. See more »

  • How could the flu vaccine prevent heart attacks?
    How could the flu vaccine prevent heart attacks?

    Studies show anywhere from a 25 percent to a 50 percent decrease in mortality and hospitalization rates for heart patients who get the flu vaccine. Find out how researchers are connecting the flu vaccine with increased heart health. See more »

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