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Does venom save lives?
Question Date: 2014-04-03
Answer 1:

Research has shown that synthesizing certain compounds or proteins that are found in the venom of various organisms may result in drugs that improve quality of life, or even possibly, save lives! However, keep in mind that the venom itself is dangerous, and that most of the research around this topic is done with chemicals that were sythesized via recombinant DNA technology.

Answer 2:

Sure - it saves the lives of the animals that make the venom! It's why venom evolved in the first place.

We can also use other animals' venom ourselves for a variety of purposes, most obviously the creation of antivenoms (anti-bodies that allow the immune system to lock onto venom molecules and destroy them before they do too much damage). Antivenoms have saved many (human) lives.

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