Snake Venom and Antidote
Name: Nathaniel W.
Date: Sunday, October 27, 2002
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?
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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