Aussie venom research to benefit snake bite patients

A University of Queensland scientist has found the venom chemistry of the South Pacific Rattlesnake varies depending on the reptile’s geographical location.

“In a two-hour drive from the desert floor to the top of the San Jacinto Mountains, the venom goes from destroying the blood to frying the nerves instead,” Associate Professor Bryan Fry said.

Journal of Proteomics 2014; online 24 Jan