It’s not all bad bug bite news here on MyBugBites.com.
From the UK’s Telegraph comes word that spider bite venom may help those afflicted with impotence for arthritis.
Prof Frank Schroeder and Prof Jerrold Meinwald of Cornell University, Ithaca, reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that after studying the molecules of venom injected from spider bites of 70 spider species including the brown recluse spider.
In addition to messenger chemicals that go to the brain and nervous system, spider bite venom also carries “different proteins, including enzymes such as hyaluronidase, deoxyribonuclease, ribonuclease, alkaline phosphatase, and lipase, which help to break down tissue, among other things.”
It’s this “break down of tissue” ability that has scientists interested in its application for erectile dysfunction and arthritis.
Not surprisingly, considering its power, the venom’s properties are also being researched for possible use in creating organic pesticides.September 17, 2008 – 9:21 am