Venom From Snake Dubbed 'Killer Of Killers' Could Be The Ultimate Cure For Pain
According to scientists, the venom from one of the world's deadliest snakes could help relieve pain. The long-glanded blue coral snake is extremely dangerous and its venom is known to kill -- not maim. According to BBC News, this snake has been nicknamed the "killer of killers" because of the reaction its venom causes on its prey.
"Most snakes have a slow-acting venom that works like a powerful sedative. You get sleepy, slow, before you die. This snake's venom, however, works almost immediately because it usually preys on very dangerous animals that need to be quickly killed before they can retaliate. It's the killer of killers," said researcher Dr. Bryan Fry from the University of Queensland.
But what if we told you that it's this very same deadly venom that could be the ultimate cure for pain? The 6-foot-long snake has been brought in for research by scientists who believe that its venom could be used in the medical industry.
"The venom targets our sodium channels, which are central to our transmission of pain. We could potentially turn this into something that could help relieve pain, and which might work better on us," explained Dr. Fry. "It's got freaky venom glands, the longest of any in the world, but it's so beautiful. It's easily my favorite species of snake."
While this snake venom could be part of a medical break-through of sorts, it's not going to be easy to study these guys and get answers.
"They're really rare. I've only ever seen two of them in the wild. Much of their homes have been cleared to make way for things such as palm plantations in South East Asia. Who knows what else was in that forest that could've potentially saved lives? We're trying to see if there are any relatives of the long-glanded blue coral snake that would possess any different properties. Some people say the only good snake is a dead snake, but we're trying to do the opposite here," Dr. Fry told BBC News.