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TO GO WITH AFP NOTE BY ANA FERNANDEZ A poisonous Costa Rican Coralsnake (Micrurus mosquitensis) is pictured on April 12, 2010 at the serpentarium of the Clodomiro Picado Institute in Coronado, some 8 kilometers northwest of San Jose.
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There are millions of snakebite victims every year, but there hasn't been much progress in how to treat them since antivenom — or antivenin — was developed over 100 years ago.

Most of the people bitten by venomous snakes live in poor, rural areas in Africa, Asia, or Latin America, and as a result there haven't been a lot of market incentives to find better solutions.

Today on the show, a doctor comes up with a solution, and he goes to extreme lengths to test it out. Also, the Talking Heads.

Music: "Home (Eternal Warmth)," Talking Heads – "Psycho Killer," and "We Don't Care."

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