The world’s most venomous spider, the Brazilian Wandering Spider, doesn’t just kill its victims, it also causes priapism, a painful erection! Find out how doctors are now looking at this compound as a cure for erectile dysfunction!
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Sarah Chow is a PhD student at the University of British Columbia, conducting research focused on the Pacemaker channel in the heart. When not in the lab, she brings the fun into science by tweeting about strange scientific discoveries such as geeps and fainting goats. You can find her on twitter@sswchow.