Scientists discovered that the peptide found in the venom of Australian funnel-web spider can be used for medical purpose. The peptide Hi1a present in the venom can be used to avoid the stroke-induced brain damage by blocking the ion channels.
This discovery was done in University of Queensland, Australia by Prof. Glenn King from Institute for Molecular Bioscience. He recently claimed his findings in the report named Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. About 795,000 people in the U.S. have a stroke annually. Out of these 610,000 are first-time strokes. This data was revealed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In the U.S., stroke is a one of the major factor that can lead to disability. Almost half the people suffering from strokes are aged 65 and above and they are suffering with decreased mobility due to this.
Weakness or paralysis on one of the either side of the body is a usual occurrence followed by a stroke. Other things that are familiar are issue related to behavioral and speech changes. This is as a result of the injury caused to brain by stroke. Currently, no drugs or medicines are available that can avoid brain damage. But, Prof. King says that Hi1a can come in handy and could be a worthy candidate that can be used for curing such strokes.
Well, the new invention by Prof. Glenn King is sure to solve many problems. Even though the technique is in the initial stage and will take some time to get commercial, it is sure to hit the market in the coming years.
In the end, it was Prof. Glenn King who so life in the venom of the spider. Kudos to Prof. Glenn King and his team who are working on this solution! We wish you all the luck for future.