Funnel-web Spider Venom Could Protect Stroke Victims From Further Brain Damage

Funnel-web Spider Venom Could Protect Stroke Victims From Further Brain Damage

Source: ABC News

The Fraser Island funnel-web produces venom that holds a molecule that stalls the effects a stroke has on the brain. Professor Glenn King from the University of Queensland’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience said the venom would be used to develop a drug to prevent brain damage. “When someone has a stroke, at the moment no treatment can really be given until they are in the hospital,” he told ABC Radio Brisbane’s Rebecca Levingston. “Their brain is imaged and the doctor decides which stroke it is and determines the course of treatment. Professor King said the new drug could be administered to patients by paramedics within minutes. “This potentially could be the most profound application of this molecule.”

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