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OUT & ABOUT By Rafa Carvajal

THE POWER OF POISON:

or many of us, hearing the word poison may trigger thoughts of lethal bites, poisoned apples, stings or even murder. However, poisons, toxins, and venoms have been harnessed for centuries by humans for their medicinal properties. Thanks to the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science's largest special exhibition to date, The Power of Poison: From the Depths of the Sea to Your Own Backyard, you can immerse yourself in the world of "bubbling cauldrons, slimy frogs, venomous bites" and learn about the many roles played by poison in nature, literature, and culture – all while stimulating your senses. Supported locally by Jackson Health System and Florida Poison Information Center-Miami, The Power of Poison exhibition will be on display through September 3, inside the Hsiao Family Special Exhibition Gallery on the first floor of the museum, and extends to other parts of the museum in a "toxin takeover." The interactive exhibition features a replica of the Chocó Forest in Colombia, a very cool "enchanted" book with magical illustrations that comes to life with the touch of a hand, iPads that allow you to solve poisoning mysteries, the forest, and much more.

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From the Depths of the Sea to Your Own Backyard

The Power of Poison also displays animals and plants that have been especially helpful in the developments of drugs through their poison, to help treat conditions and diseases such as cancer, diabetes and malaria. The exhibit teaches you about these types of toxins and where they originate. In addition, you can peruse the use of poison throughout fairy tales and mythology, looking into famous works such as Alice in Wonderland, Harry Potter, Macbeth and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. During your visit you will encounter poison dart frogs, scorpions, tarantulas, venomous snakes and even jellyfish throughout the exhibits, the rooftop and the aquarium. Admission to The Power of Poison is included in all museum admission tickets. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit frostscience.org/poison.

"AS OUR LARGEST TRAVELING EXHIBITION TO DATE, THIS IS A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN MORE ABOUT POISON AND THE ROLE IT PLAYS IN OUR BACKYARD AND BEYOND." - SKIP URICCHIO

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