04/01/2013 07:45 am ET

Snake Venom: Healing Medicine & Toxic Menace (VIDEO)

Venom in the animal kingdom often is used for hunting -- it slows down prey, changes its scent for easier tracking, and essentially digests it alive. But in the world of biomedical science, researchers are finding that venom toxins not only have the potential to harm, but also to heal.

For a better understanding of venom toxicity, I spoke with Dr. Sean Bush, an emergency physician and professor at the Loma Linda University School of Medicine. He studies snake bites, and he's always hunting for the best available antivenom to combat their effects.

To find out just what venom does to the human body -- and its medical potential -- watch the video above, or click the link below for a full transcript. And don't forget to sound off in the comments section at the bottom of the page. Come on, talk nerdy to me!


See Julie Holland's excellent article in the February 2013 issue of National Geographic. It was the inspiration for this episode.

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