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Is a spider bite vaccine on the cards ?


Posted on Friday, 10 May, 2013 | Comment icon 2 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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The war against poisonous spider bites could one day lead to a jab that will make a person immune.

In some countries there is a constant call for anti-venom treatments to deal with bites from some of the world's deadliest spiders. At the forefront of this research is a team of researchers from Brazil who are experimenting with a synthetic protein that is able to protect against the effects of the venom. In trials conducted on rabbits, the scientists found that it was able to offer pre-emptive protection against spider bites.

Spiders are a particularly big problem in Brazil where more than 7,000 people need to be treated for bites every year. "Existing anti-venoms are made of the pure toxins and can be harmful to people who take them," said Dr Carlos Chávez-Olortegui. "We wanted to develop a new way of protecting people from the effects of these spider bites without having to suffer from side-effects."

"A jab that protects against poisonous spider venom may become a reality one day, early research suggests."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by moonshadow60 on 10 May, 2013, 22:35
That would be so wonderful. Hard to believe I'm the first one to reply to this. Seems a lot more important to me than whether Miley Cyrus saw a ghost or a ghost peeped on her while she was showering, but then I'm an old lady, lol.
Comment icon #2 Posted by wonderer of mystery 777 on 11 May, 2013, 5:46
lol i dont care about the ghost kid on miley either moonshadow. this would save so many lives if the vaccine with no side effects is invented. right on


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