Snake Bite DNA Test Could Save Many Lives

November 4, 2014 7:23 PM

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Venomous snake bites, even potentially fatal ones, are not difficult to treat for modern medicine. However, if the snake that did the biting can't be identified, it's much harder for professionals to administer the right anti-venom in time. Now researchers have crafted a test that could potentially change all that, quickly and accurately identifying the venom that courses through a patient.

Surprisingly, this potentially life-saving test is actually extremely simple. Researchers reportedly found that DNA is often easily detected on swabs taken from fang marks on victims. This DNA can then be used to pinpoint the species of snake that did the biting with what's looking to be 100 percent...

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