Whether in surgery or during an accident, the presence for a strong anti-coagulant medication can make the difference between life and death. While there are several medications of this type in the market, but a new development from researchers at Rice University in the US seems to have them all beat.
The researchers have found a way to infuse a new Nanofibre Hydrogel with Snake Venom to stop bleeding. The hydrogel, called SB50, uses Batroxobin, a type of venom to form a gel like substance which can start clotting in as little as 6 seconds.
This venom is generally produced by two species of pit viper found in South America, but for this purpose it is produced in a lab by genetically modifying and purifying bacteria.
The advantage this formula has over regular anti-coagulants is that it’s function is not impeded by heparin or any other blood thinning medications, which a lot of people take to prevent harmful clots forming in the veins, arteries or lungs.
This fact alone makes is invaluable for emergency health treatments. However, despite it’s stellar claims, it wills till take a long time before this formula becomes available to the general public as there is still a lot of testing to be done.
Once done though, we can expect it to be used extensively to save human lives in all sorts of fields, all over the world.