Noah Whiteman, professor of genetics, genomics, evolution and development and director of the Essig Museum of Entomology at UC Berkeley, speaks about his new book, Most Delicious Poison: The Story of Nature's Toxins--From Spices to Vices.
In this interview, Noah Whiteman shares his experience writing Most Delicious Poison, which focuses on the chemicals that plants, fungi, and small animals make to defend themselves from attack. He simultaneously explores how these intricate mechanisms found in nature have found their way into the human experience and our consumption patterns. As he puts it, "Many of the drugs we use and abuse are chemicals that arose through this war of nature. Although we couldn’t live as well or as long as we do without drugs derived from or inspired by natural toxins." Furthermore, Noah reminisces on what led him to pursue a career in biology, how being awarded the Guggenheim fellowship aided his work, and communicates the key messages he aims to convey to his readers. To learn more about Noah Whiteman and his new publication, visit his website here.