From cancer treatment to painkillers, here are the agents that may be hazardous materials today but could evolve into powerful medications tomorrow.
Nature, it turns out, is one big medicine cabinet. We can thank the willow plant for the salicin that turned into aspirin, and the poppy for the pain-killing powers of morphine. Even poison can become potions a viper's venom, for instance, is part of a powerful anti-clotting drug that can keep blood flowing instead of clumping up. Increasingly, such toxins...