Creating a Drug through Vampire Bats

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Vampiric Venom

The Doctor of philosophy Brian Fry of the University of Queensland has discovered the potential of vampire bat venom in creating a new level of drug. The research shows that certain molecules in the bat venom can be turned into cures for a host of diseases.

Vampire bats feast on the blood of cattle or other such animals. The immune system of these animals produces antibodies to halt the flow of blood, whenever the bats venom is released. However, the researchers observed that the bats keep upgrading their venom continuously and even if the prey generates antibodies against one molecule in the venom, a number of others can escape and spread the venom. The venom consists of anti-coagulants which can dilate and increase the flow of blood from the arteries.

The discovery, scientists say can help in developing new drugs to fight heart diseases such as cardiac arrest or high blood pressure.

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