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It’d be surprising, to say the least, to learn that anybody bitten by a poisonous spider was ever the better for it. Nevertheless, the American Cyanamid company and its fellow pharmaceutical giants seem to think that spider venom might be taught to speak the language of medicine or (more likely) pest control. AC biologist Charles P. Kristensen will translate The Dialects of Spider Venom today at noon at the Museum of Natural History’s Baird Auditorium, 10th & Constitution Ave. NW. FREE. (202) 357-2700. (Bill Gifford)