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Name: Nathaniel W.
Status: other
Age: 50s
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Date: Sunday, October 27, 2002


Question:
Snake venom secretion is usually a poison when a person is bitten and injected with it by a snake, but when the venom is injected to neutralize the poisoned saliva in a creature having been bitten, it is an antidote made by an induced milking, why?


Replies:
Snake venom itself is not used as a venom antidote. It is injected into animals in low (non-lethal) levels so that they have a chance to make antibodies to the venom and build an immunity to it. After a while, the animal will have antibodies to the venom in its blood. These antibodies are isolated and used as an antidote to the venom.

Richard E. Barrans Jr., Ph.D.
Director of Academic Programs
PG Research Foundation, Darien, Illinois



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