Student Matinee | Deadliest Lifesavers
- Zoltan Takacs, Scientist-explorer
The Earth’s deadliest animal venoms are the source of a number of top lifesaving medicines used to treat heart attacks to diabetes. Yet there are millions of venom toxins in nature that remain unexplored. Biomedical scientist and inventor Zoltan Takacs collects snake, scorpion, jellyfish and other venoms from around the world. Back in the lab, using cutting-edge genomics, he creates combinatorial venom libraries to identify leads for novel medicines. Driven by his childhood passion, he’s traveled to 158 countries, surviving charging elephants, pirated waters, and a series of snake bites. It’s a tough line of work, considering he’s allergic to both snake venom and antivenom.
Scientist-explorer Zoltan Takacs sees in nature's deadliest animal venoms the potential for lifesaving medical innovations—what if venoms that annihilate vital life functions were made to heal them instead?
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