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SOMETHING ELSE CAMELS ARE GOOD FOR:
PRODUCING ANTI-VENOM FOR TREATING VICTIMS OF SNAKE-BITE

by
Warren F. O'Rourke
(email: wofo@hotmail.com)
November 10, 2011

Everybody knows that for centuries camels have been an important means of personal travel and commercial transport in the deserts of Asia and Africa. And camels are also an important animal at most large zoos where many a zoo-goer has been entertained by watching them and by taking rides on camel-back. But camels are good for more than that.

Recent scientific research has discovered that camels also appear to be living factories for the production of anti-venom, a.k.a. anti-venin, the injectable serum that often saves the lives of people who would otherwise die from venomous snake bites. Not only are camels capable of producing this serum, it seems they are able to produce a more effective, cheaper, and more easily stored version of the serum. (Most currently available anti-venoms require refrigeration to maintain their effectiveness; camel anti-venom does not require refrigeration.)

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There must be some mistake.
A mammal like a camel
Is nothing like a snake!