Rare diseases

Venom of red-bellied black snake may contain cure for autoimmune diseases

The venom of one of Australia’s commonest snakes, the red-bellied black snake, has immunosuppressive effects that make it a potential treatment for rheumatoid arthritis, researchers say. While better known for its toxic anticoagulant coagulopathy, the venom of the red-bellied black snake also has a unique effect as a modulator of T cell function, scientists at Australian ...

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