What Snake Venom Does to Blood

From YouTube user fragancemad (thanks @timfbmx and @joerogan for tweeting):

I was doing some research for Cobra parfum by Jeannes Arthes and came across this video about snake venom by mistake – it’s so incredible that I just had to upload it to YouTube. Basically, a single drop of this venom (from a Russell’s viper) is dripped onto a petri dish of blood, and in seconds the blood clots into a thick chunk of solid matter.

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22 Responses to What Snake Venom Does to Blood

  1. Zenc July 13, 2012 at 2:01 pm #

    Apparently, the common opossum produces an enzyme which provides excellent protection against a wide variety of toxins. From snake venom, to ricin, to botulin.

    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/opossum-protein-makes-them-immune-nearly-poisons-could-190604532.html

    I find myself annoyed that this has been known for at least 10 years, yet there seems to have been very little work done to develop medical applications from this knowledge.

    Even just “crudely” extracting the enzyme and injecting it into other animals gave them temporary protection against a whole range of poisons and toxins.

    http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-79301999000100005

    • Calypso_1 July 13, 2012 at 3:06 pm #

      Damn it!  Possum juice has been a snake handler/strychnine swallower secret for generations.  Who’s been talking.

      • TruthVybes July 13, 2012 at 7:53 pm #

         Surely. Why do you think the government isolates Natives from our cities? They know all about this knowledge which no one will learn in schools or degree programs. More like deprogramming. There’s a cure (herbal or other natural) for every disease out there.

        • Anarchy Pony July 13, 2012 at 10:11 pm #

          Well not for modern industrial diseases. But then, those are new.

          • Chaorder Gradient July 13, 2012 at 11:53 pm #

            most of them are diseases of exposure though, cures maybe difficult but prevention is (hypothetically…) doable

          • Anarchy Pony July 14, 2012 at 12:21 am #

            Well. As time goes on and industrialism persists, then it will only become harder to avoid the contaminants that are the source of such diseases.

        • Calypso_1 July 14, 2012 at 1:34 am #

          The knowledge possessed by natives outside my city largely consists of assorted methods of mobile methylamphetamine manufacturing. 

    • BuzzCoastin July 14, 2012 at 12:02 am #

      modernist fascination with science
      and the disconnection of “civilization” from nature
      has all but destroyed humanities’ old discoveries, like this one

      I have been studying older forms of agriculture
      and it amazes me how much useful information we’ve have lost
      in such a short period of time

  2. Brother July 13, 2012 at 2:35 pm #

    yum!

  3. Anarchy Pony July 13, 2012 at 4:23 pm #

    So we should take some of this stuff…. And apply it to David Brooks? I’m just spitballin’ here.

    • Jin The Ninja July 13, 2012 at 8:12 pm #

       i heard it’s great for the complexion.

      • Anarchy Pony July 13, 2012 at 9:21 pm #

        In that it turns you purple?

        • Jin The Ninja July 13, 2012 at 9:40 pm #

          and necrotises. what’s more beautiful than a purple, decayed flesh zombie standing in front of one, while holding a shiny new machete!!? can’t think of a sight more solemn or aesthetically pleasing.

          • Anarchy Pony July 13, 2012 at 9:51 pm #

            Speaking of zombies, I dunno if you’ve seen The Walking Dead before, but here is my favorite parody intro for it, from Ponies the Anthology II. 
            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5699W4WnlUo

          • JaceD July 14, 2012 at 4:59 am #

            haha that’s so well done

          • Anarchy Pony July 14, 2012 at 12:47 pm #

            Well if it got into the Anthology then it is usually the best. With a few standouts that are not so great.

          • JaceD July 16, 2012 at 4:21 am #

            I just saw a couple of your other videos hahaha so good.

          • Jin The Ninja July 15, 2012 at 12:05 pm #

            that was so much better than walking dead!

          • Anarchy Pony July 15, 2012 at 7:00 pm #

            It really irks me that Disqus doesn’t have any sort of private messaging capability.

          • Jin The Ninja July 16, 2012 at 12:44 am #

            i know!!! like i’d love to link my tumblr, but it would be opening the door to the troll dimension.

          • Anarchy Pony July 16, 2012 at 12:59 am #

            A resonance cascade of troll. That’s a half-life reference in case you aren’t familiar.

          • Jin The Ninja July 16, 2012 at 3:07 pm #

             oh i’m familiar. SOMETHING had to entertain me through 10th grade.

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