This Lab of Snake Venom Is Saving Lives!

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If we told you about a small facility containing over 500 poisonous snakes, you might think we were describing the lair of a Bond villain.

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But nope, quite the opposite—the Clodomiro Picado Institute in Costa Rica is among only a handful of labs responsible for producing a majority of the world’s antivenins. For the roughly one million people bitten by venomous snakes every year.

The scientists at the Institute produce life-saving work—they just need to remain vigilant to avoid bites as well.

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Molecules in venom that prevent blood from clotting — with the aim of getting the snake’s prey to bleed to death — are now used in drugs aimed at treating strokes, heart attacks and high blood pressure in humans.

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