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 Comments on "What Snake Venom Does to Blood"

  1. 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 | Jul 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 | Jul 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 | Jul 13, 2012 at 10:11 pm |

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

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

          • Anarchy Pony | Jul 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 | Jul 14, 2012 at 1:34 am |

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

    • 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. yum!

  3. Anarchy Pony | Jul 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.

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