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Scientists will report in a presentation today that they have turned to the opossum to develop a promising new and inexpensive antidote for poisonous snake bites. They predict it could save thousands of lives worldwide without the side effects of current treatments.
It turns out that rattlesnakes are not only dangerous, but sneaky too, as the nature of their venom varies depending on geographical location and greatly affects the treatment for bites.
Genomic mapping has changed the way animals are labeled as venomous or not. For example, if an animal's oral glands show expression of some of the 20 gene families associated with "venom toxins," current thinking labels that species as venomous.
North American and Australian snakes evolved independently, but into similar body types over millions of years. These snakes are stout-bodied and highly camouflaged, which help them move and ambush prey more efficiently.
The North American Snakebite Registry was created by The American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) in 2013.
The American College of Medical Toxicology will sponsor the Natural Toxins Academy: Clinical Applications of Cutting-Edge Research in Phoenix, Arizona on March 27, 2014.
A team of California researchers has developed a novel approach to treating venomous snakebites by administering antiparalytics topically via a nasal spray, a breakthrough that could dramatically reduce the estimated 125,000 global snakebite fatalities each year.
The American College of Medical Toxicology has launched a national registry of patients with snakebite, with the goals of advancing our understanding of how venoms affect the human body and improving
Warmer weather coaxes snakes out of hiding, and it’s important to know what to do after a snake bite.
The powerful venom of the saw-scaled viper Echis carinatus contains both anticoagulants and coagulants.
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