Peptide in funnel-web spider venom slows death of neurons in rats after stroke, study shows


Peptide in funnel-web spider venom slows death of neurons in rats after stroke, study shows
  1. Peptide in funnel-web spider venom slows death of neurons in rats after stroke, study shows
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    Funnel-web spider venom could one day be used to save the lives of stroke patients, new research…
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Funnel-web spider venom may one day be used to save the lives of stroke patients, new research shows.

A peptide found inside the venom of the Fraser Island funnel-web spider has been found to slow the death of brain cells in rats after they suffer an induced stroke. 

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If successfully developed for clinical use, researchers hope it will complement current stroke treatment.

"We believe that we have, for the first time, found a way to minimise the effects of brain damage after a stroke," Glenn King from the University of Queensland Institute for Molecular Bioscience told AAP.

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Funnel-web spiders have the potential to be crucial in the treatment of stroke patients. Funnel-web spiders have the potential to be crucial in the treatment of stroke patients. Photo: Gary Brown

Stroke is one of Australia's biggest killers and cause of disability. According to the Stroke Foundation, there will be more than 55,000 new and recurrent strokes this year.

Every 10 minutes an Australian suffers a stroke, when the brain is starved of blood by ei…

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