Danish researcher finds antidote to dangerous snake: If it affects humans, it can save thousands of lives

Dit is a rather wild thought that the treatment one receives today if one is bitten by a poisonous snake is based on a 128-year-old treatment principle that the two Frenchmen Césaire Phisalix and Albert Calmette developed independently in 1894. It was also Albert Calmette who developed the calmette vaccine, which many older Danes have had inserted into the shoulder to prevent tuberculosis.

The two French researchers found that you could make an antidote to snake bites if you injected a non-lethal dose of snake venom into an animal, harvested serum from the animal’s blood and injected it into people who had been bitten by the same snake. It worked because the immune system of the vaccinated animal makes a wide range of antibodies, which to a greater or lesser degree can recognize and neutralize the various toxins that the snake’s venom consists of.

Source: Politiken.dk – Forsiden by politiken.dk.

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