antivenin

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antivenin

[¦an·tē¦ven·ən]
(immunology)
An immune serum that neutralizes the venoms of certain poisonous snakes and black widow spiders.
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Already, Sutherland says, researchers at his lab are looking beyond animal antibodies to an entirely new generation of antivenins made from genetically engineered proteins.
I don't mean to brag, but our antivenins have to be the finest," he says.
Sutherland, an antivenin expert at Commonwealth Serum Laboratories in Parkville, Australia.
Carroll and his colleagues at the University of Wisconsin-Madison describe their efforts to produce rattlesnake antivenin in chicken eggs.
Russell, a herpetologist at the University of Arizona in Tucson, who is collaborating with other researchers to make a better North American snake antivenin.
For this reason, he and others note, rapid treatment with an appropriate antivenin can provide critical relief even when a bite is not life-threatening.
The tricky part of antivenin production lies in the purification, scientists agree.