What Snake Caused That Bite? New DNA Test Might Tell

November 4, 2014 3:46 PM

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What Snake Caused That Bite? New DNA Test Might Tell

TUESDAY, Nov. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- DNA tests can reliably identify the type of snake that has bitten a person and could save the lives of many people in countries with deadly venomous snakes, new research reports.

Experts found that if snake DNA could be detected on swabs taken from fang marks on victims, the species of snake could be pinpointed every time. The study was scheduled to be presented Tuesday at the annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in New Orleans.

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