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Blue coral Snake from South-East Asia with Powerful Venom can Treat Cancer and Cure Pain in Humans

The blue coral snake has the biggest venom glands in the world, extending over a quarter the length of its body

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Canberra, October 31, 2016: Venom derived from one of the Southeast Asia’s rarest snakes can be turned into non-addictive painkiller drug that could work better than opium, revealed a research.

According to Associate Professor Bryan Fry of the University of Queensland School of Biological Sciences faculty, venom of the blue coral snake could improve any kind of pain treatment for humans such as cancer pain, a torn muscle or even a migraine.

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“This was a 15-year project in the making that has finally come true after we managed to study two of such snakes in Cameron highlands, Malaysia,” Fry told Xinhua in a telephone interview on Monday.

“With its combination of electric blue stripes and neon red head and tail, the blue coral snake is arguably one of the world’s most striking species of snake,” he said.

“It also has the biggest venom glands in the world, extending over a quarter the length of its body,” he said.

At present, the long-glanded blue coral snake can only be found in Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia but mass deforestation is threatening the species to extinction.

“This particular animal is very rare… and its habitat the forests are being destroyed to make way for palm oil plantation,” Fry said.

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“This is a great example why we need to conserve nature because you may have something so rare that could be potentially be so useful for human medicine but of course we can’t save lives if it (the snake) is extinct,” he said.

“It makes me wanna cry on how much (forest) is destroyed as there may be a plant there that can cure cancer that is completely chopped off before we can study it,” Fry added.

For this particular study, Fry said mass amounts of venom was milked out from two snakes in Malaysia without harming them in anyway in 2007 and then three years later in 2010.

Fry, who has been working with snakes for the last 20 years, said the discovery on the health benefits from the venom came by chance.

“We tested against everything and we found this by accident,” he said.

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Moving forward, Fry said he and his team would be working on a artificial version of the toxin by improving on it before turning it into a medicinal drug meant for commercialisation.

He also added that they would be looking at other similar snakes in the same blood line to see if such animals produced similar benefits.

The findings of the research which was led by Fry involved scientists from Australia, China, Singapore and the US was been published in journal Toxins in October. (IANS)

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  • Shivani Vohra

    It has become really important to find a cure, as Cancer has been spreading excessively. 🙁

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Indian Cuisine becomes the most sought after in Moscow

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Indian dishes available in Moscow during FIFA World Cup 2018, representational image, wikimedia commons

June 17, 2018:

Restaurateurs Prodyut and Sumana Mukherjee have not only brought Indian cuisine to the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018 here but also plan to dish out free dinner to countrymen if Argentina wins the trophy on July 15.

Based in Moscow for the last 27 years, Prodyut and Sumana run two Indian eateries, “Talk Of The Town” and “Fusion Plaza”.

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Both restaurants serve popular Indian dishes like butter chicken, kebabs and a varied vegetarian spread.

During the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

The Mukherjees, hailing from Kolkata, are die-hard fans of Argentina. Despite Albiceleste drawing 1-1 with Iceland in their group opener with Lionel Messi failing to sparkle, they believe Jorge Sampaoli’s team can go the distance.

“I am an Argentina fan. I have booked tickets for a quarterfinal match, a semifinal and of course the final. If Argentina goes on to lift

During the World Cup, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

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FIFA World Cup 2018, Wikimedia Commons.

“We have been waiting for this World Cup. Indians come in large numbers during the World Cup and we wanted these eateries to be a melting point,” he added.

According to Cutting Edge Events, FIFA’s official sales agency in India for the 2018 World Cup, India is amongst the top 10 countries in terms of number of match tickets bought.

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Prodyut came to Moscow to study engineering and later started working for a pharmaceutical company here before trying his hand in business. Besides running the two restaurants with the help of his wife, he was into the distribution of pharmaceutical products.

“After Russia won the first match of the World Cup, the footfall has gone up considerably. The Indians are also flooding in after the 6-9 p.m. game. That is the time both my restaurants remain full,” Prodyut said.

There are also plans to rope in registered fan clubs of Latin American countries, who will throng the restaurants during matches and then follow it up with after-game parties till the wee hours.

“I did get in touch with some of the fan clubs I had prior idea about. They agreed to come over and celebrate the games at our joints. Those will be gala nights when both eateries will remain open all night for them to enjoy,” Prodyut said.

Watching the World Cup is a dream come true for the couple, Sumana said.

“We want to make the Indians who have come here to witness the spectacle and feel at home too. We always extend a helping hand and since we are from West Bengal, we make special dishes for those who come from Bengal,” she added. (IANS)