Remedy, Drug Or Deadly Poison? The Surprising Truth Of Strychnos Plants

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Remedy, Drug Or Deadly Poison? The Surprising Truth Of Strychnos Plants
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Fernbank Museum of Natural History says
Presented by Dr. Simon Blakey, Emory University
Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 4pm

The plant kingdom boasts incredible natural diversity, most obviously in the stunning differences we see in the shape and colors displayed by plants around the world. Underlying this obvious structural variety is a rich chemical diversity—a fact that that has been exploited by civilizations around the globe for both medicinal and nefarious purposes.

Join us as Dr. Blakey shares a history of extracts from the Strychnos family of plants and their use as poisons, concoctions, cocktail mixers and clinically approved pharmaceuticals.

Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition The Power of Poison.

Cost: Free. Space is limited and advance reservations are required at 404.929.6400.*

*Lecture tickets do not include admission to the Museum orThe Power of Poison. Reserved lecture tickets will be available for pick up at the Museum Box Office. Seating for the lecture will begin at 3:45pm.

Special thanks to the Center for Selective C-H Functionalization, A NSF Center for Chemical Innovation

The Power of Poison is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York (

Principal Investor: The Marcus Foundation, Inc.
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By: Fernbank Museum of Natural History

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