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Deadly funnel-web could be key to saving lives

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Venom from one of the world’s deadliest spiders could treat heart attack victims.

University of Queensland researchers have found that the venom from the deadly funnel-web spider contains a molecule that can buy time when heart cells are dying.

Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute’s Professor Peter Macdonald told Deborah Knight a completed treatment is some time off.

“We would be hoping … to apply this for the people having heart attacks and strokes, perhaps as early as 2023.”

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