Restoring hearts with deadly spider poison
The venom from one of the deadliest spiders in the world could be used to treat heart attack patients.
The drug candidate was developed using a molecule from the venom (funnel web spider) of Fraser Island. It can help prevent heart attacks and prolong the life of organ donors. The discovery was made in a team that included Professor Glenn King and Dr Nathan Palpant from The University of Queensland and Professor Peter Macdonald of the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute.
Dr Palpant from UQ’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience said that the drug candidate works by stopping a death-signal’ sent from the body in the aftermath of an attack.