As Britney sort of sang, “If you’re toxic you won’t be slipping under– the noses of the scientists in this zone!”. Many things are toxic to humans and other living things, not just that lame joke.
Researchers involved with toxicology are looking at how different doses of substances affect our bodies and they’re developing new ways of detecting poisons in the environment. Some will be trying to understand why some people find things toxic that others have no problem with and others are testing the drugs we make to ensure they are safe for people to take.
In this Zone you will meet scientists designing new treatment methods to destroy hazardous waste, inventing methods to test medicines to make sure that they’re OK to take, and exploring how chemicals we release into the environment can affect fish living in our rivers. There will also be scientists finding ways to detect drugs of abuse in street samples, and understanding how fatty acids get inside cells.