Life Science

Of Venom and Silk

Spiders might scare you, but you might need them more than you realize.

June 7, 2010

Spider biologist Norman Platnick has traveled the world cataloguing some of these creatures, many for the first time ever.  World renowned for his work,  he hopes to find as many as species as possible before some disappear.

Produced by Alex Liu.

About the Author

Alex Liu

A Bay Area native, Alex Liu studied toxicology at the University of California, Berkeley and then spent three years developing oncology medication at Genentech. Currently attending New York University’s Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program, he hopes to bridge the gap between science and public policy. He’s interned with NOVA scienceNOW and CNN’s medical unit, and loves working on all things video. In his free time he enjoys powering through seasons of television shows, traveling, rooting for Oakland sports teams, and stepping out onto the dance floor. You can visit his personal website and follow him on Twitter.


1 Comment

L Garbern says:

Nice report on a much maligned creature. Thanks.

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