Venomous snakes are saving human lives

Venomous snakes are saving human lives

Venomous snakes, like the rattlesnake pictured above, usually don’t come to mind when you think of “life-saving medicine.” The Brazilian pit viper is one snake that certainly makes a big impact on its victims. When the snake bites an animal, its’ venom causes the prey to black out from a drop in blood pressure, thus […]

Bees and human medicine: the connection

Bees and human medicine: the connection

When you think of bees, you probably think of pollination, honey, black and yellow stripes. It’s unlikely that you would relate bees with human medicine, but believe it or not, bee venom may prove to be an effective treatment for enlarged prostates. In research studies in the laboratory, scientists found that a month of bee […]

Snail venom to help you get some zzz’s?

Snail venom to help you get some zzz’s?

Cone snails are extremely venomous, but researchers are trying to tap into the power behind their toxins for the benefit of human medicine. And new research has shown that a compound isolated from cone snails has had a ‘sandman’ effect in the laboratory: it puts mice to sleep! When injected into mice, this toxin put […]

Opossums may hold the key to a new snake anti-venom

Opossums may hold the key to a new snake anti-venom

Opossums are surprising us again! This time, researchers are looking to opossums to potentially create a better antidote for snakebite victims. Interested? Read on! Researchers found that opossums have a specialized protein in their systems that protects them from certain types of snake venom. The protein binds with snake venom and helps to neutralize it […]

Gila monsters: clues into new drug development?

Gila monsters: clues into new drug development?

Venomous animals, while scary to some, can have applications to human heath that are pretty amazing. For example, did you know that certain kinds of snake venom contain proteins that can treat blood clots? Or that spider venom proteins can help with pain management? Now, thanks to a lot of hard work, scientists may be […]

Octopuses are awesome. See why …

Octopuses are awesome. See why …

Octopuses are pretty awesome. Not only can they camouflage themselves by changing colors and imitating other animals to blend into their surroundings, but they can teach researchers about the brain’s ability to store and recall memories. Studying the octopus has led to new understanding of linguistics (ever wonder what an octopus and your tongue have […]