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July 21, 2017
Q. Take a venomous snake, a mouse and a heroic biologist, and what good may come of it?
A. You begin with a biologist willing to milk a poisonous snake of its venom, after which a non-lethal dose is injected into a horse or sheep for developing antivenomous substances that are used to create an antidote for humans, says Sean O'Neill in New Scientist magazine. However, a problem with this traditional method is that the numerous animal proteins in the antivenom can induce severe allergic reactions in people.
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