Snake Clot Buster

Thanks to a protein found in snake venom a safer preventative medication for blood clots maybe just around the corner.

Researchers reveal how a protein derived from the venom of the Tropidolaemus wagleri snake, effectively reduced the formation of blood clots in mice without the side effect of bleeding. It is therefore believed that such a new drug could provide a safer alternative to current antiplatelet medications – these are the drugs – as many of you already know and are possibly taking – for people who have had or are at risk of heart attack, stroke and other heart diseases.

While the types of medication we may currently be on, for example aspirin, clopidogrel and glycoproteins are effective in reducing the formation of blood clots one major side effect can be bleeding out following injury.

Dr Jane Tseng, the co-author of the study at the drug research centre at National Taiwan University in Taipei, believes that this Trowaglerix-based drug does not lead to excessive bleeding in mice and therefore has huge promise for a safer, effective strategy to prevent blood clots.  It is, therefore, a promising new medication for our future but at the same time, they say they acknowledge that further tests still need to be carried out before we arrive at this stage.

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