Could the deadliest spider in Australia save your life after a heart attack? Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute Professors Peter Macdonald and Bob Graham believe so. They have been studying the venom of the K’gari funnel web spider, specifically the Hi1A protein. This protein shows the ability to drastically reduce cell death in damaged hearts - potentially boosting heart transplant and heart attack survival rates. Their vision is to develop the world’s first cardiac protective drug, one that can be administered by first responders to reduce the number of lives lost globally to heart attacks every day. Read more about the research here.
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