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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  • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

    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

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

      • TruthVybes

         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

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

          • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

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

          • Anarchy Pony

            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

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

    • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

      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

  • Brother

    yum!

  • Anarchy Pony

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

    • Jin The Ninja

       i heard it’s great for the complexion.

      • Anarchy Pony

        In that it turns you purple?

        • Jin The Ninja

          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

            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

            haha that’s so well done

          • Anarchy Pony

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

          • JaceD

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

          • Jin The Ninja

            that was so much better than walking dead!

          • Anarchy Pony

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

          • Jin The Ninja

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

          • Anarchy Pony

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

          • Jin The Ninja

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

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