￼￼Found a use for the venom of the deadliest snakes
Scientists from the Australian Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology at the University of California (AIBN) and the University of Queensland have found a use for the venom of the world’s deadliest snakes. They suggest using it to develop a drug against uncontrolled bleeding. The results of the work are published in the journal Advanced Health Care Materials.
During the study, experts found that the poison secreted by two types of snakes – the Australian eastern brown and scaly viper, can be used to speed up the blood clotting process. Now the institute’s staff is working on a special gel, which is planned to be sold in pharmacies, included in first aid kits, and also used in combat zones. When stored in a cool place, this drug retains its liquid texture, and when applied to human skin, it hardens and seals the wound. The gel is currently undergoing preclinical trials.
In June 2022, a group of scientists from Stanford University created a small origami robot that is designed to deliver drugs directly to organs inside the body.