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July 13, 2012

BehindTheMedspeak: The effect of snake venom on blood

Wrote fragrancemad: "I was doing some research for Cobra perfume by Jeanne Arthes and came across this video about snake venom — 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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Well, I WAS about to eat breakfast.

Posted by: Luke | Jul 14, 2012 10:06:51 AM

Hemotoxin. Not much fun if you get bit.

In grad school we used to apply Boomslang venom to living Lobster giant neurons. Boomslang venom, a neurotoxin, did not disrupt depolarization of the neuron; what it did do was to lock down the neurotransmitter mechanism thus isolating adjacent neurons from depolarization. Very, very deadly.

Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Jul 14, 2012 3:00:32 AM

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