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Venomous Snake Contributes to Cancer Treatment


This one is for those idiots who randomly kill snakes, particularly if they are venomous. A promising possibility exist for treating colorectal and we can thank sharp-nosed vipers for this possibility.

A protein in the venon from this species (Deinagkistrodon acutus),has been shown to shrink the size of colorectal tumors in mice by 28 percent in a month, according to Cancer News, Treatment and Research.

This research is a result of a six-month study at Hong Kong Baptist University. Researchers at the university were awarded HK$3.9 million in funding by Hong Kong’s Innovation and Technology Fund and Lee’s Pharmaceutical to further its study of using snake venom proteins to develop anti-cancer and anti-angiogenic drugs.

Adult sharp-nosed vipers grow to an average length of about 3 to 4 1/2 feet. 36-48 in.). The head has a pronounced soft “horn” on the snout, the length of which varies. It is because of this rostral appendage that the species is sometimes referred to as a “snorkel viper” or “Chinese moccasin.” This species is indigenous to China and other countries in Southeast Asia.






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