A slither of DNA identifies snakebite antidote

November 5, 2014 12:12 PM

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A slither of DNA identifies snakebite antidote

When a snake bites someone, it leaves some of its DNA along with the venom. Now, that can identify the species of snake; a finding that could take the guesswork out of choosing the right antidote.

"At present, the standard of practice is no identification at all, a diagnosis from the symptoms, or more rarely identification of dead snakes that victims occasionally bring to the clinic," says François Chappuis of Geneva University Hospitals in Switzerland, who presented the work this week at the...

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