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Science Finds Healing in Halloween Horrors – US News and World Report | October 30, 2009

Found this too — happy Halloween everyone!

Meanwhile, scientists are discovering that what’s good for vampires might also be good for stroke patients. Efforts are underway to see if clot-resisting saliva from vampire bats — which live off the blood of animals — can help prevent brain cell death in stroke patients. Desmoteplase, a drug inspired by an enzyme in vampire bat saliva, is being tested in a global clinical trial as a blood thinner.

Even monsters have offered their services to pharmaceutical science — well, the desert-dwelling lizards known as Gila monsters. Byetta (exenatide), a diet drug which in one trial helped overweight people with diabetes shed an average of 11 pounds over three years, was based on the spit of the venomous striped lizard.

via Science Finds Healing in Halloween Horrors – US News and World Report.

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