Snake Venom May Contain Keys to Treating Human Disease

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According to Science Daily, a study published in BioMed Central's Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins found that the powerful venom of the viper Echis carinatus may be a source of drugs to treat human disease.



Although this family of snakes is responsible for the most snake attacks on humans, the study found that the venom of the saw-scaled viper contains both anticoagulants and coagulants.

The venom causes coagulopathy, which can sometimes result in hemorrhaging, strokes and renal failure. However, when the venom was split by ion exchange chromatography, researchers discovered the venom contained coagulants and anticoagulants. This is groundbreaking, as many consider snakes to be dangerous to humans, but their venom could be the key to saving lives.

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