Season 01, Episode 12

Toxic Shark:
Venoms, Toxins, and Snail Bros

About the Episode: 

This is the first episode in a two-part special on neurotoxins! We watched Toxic Shark, a trashterpiece comparable to Sharknado. Peter joins us to help us better understand the difference between poison vs venom, how he’d become best friends with an immortal snail bro, what toxins can do to your brain, and his endless supply of puns!

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About Peter Huynh:

In our lab, we are developing molecules as non-opioid pain treatments from the venoms of predatory marine cone snails. These snails hunt and eat worms, fish, or other snails using a rich diversity of toxins, and in extremely rare cases, they have even been known to kill people.

From these venoms, we have characterized and recreated molecules that evolved to target very specific receptors in the nervous system.

My project focuses on characterizing a new, non-opioid, mechanism of pain prevention and seems to not just to mask the sensation pain, but also modifies the progression of chronic-pain development.

When I am not in the lab, I love cooking, video gaming, and playing guitar. I am a tech geek, so I enjoy building and upgrading my PC as well as designing new gadgets to make with Raspberry Pis and Arduinos.