Wednesday, 29 June 2011
Clarissa's Research: Bats!
Bats scare me, not because of how they look (and really, they are one of the most ugliest creatures alive--I don't even think a mother could love a face like that--thank goodness they're blind) but because of the desease they carry--RABIES!
That got me thinking, could I kill someone with a bat? What about a bat with rabies? Sadly, not plausibly. Only with a bat that looks like this.
Did you know? The unique properties of the vampire bats' saliva have found some positive use in medicine. A study which appeared in the January 10, 2003 issue of Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association, tested a genetically engineered drug called desmoteplase, which uses the anticoagulant properties of the saliva of Desmodus rotundus, and was shown to increase blood flow in stroke patients.
Do you like bats? Have you seen one?
Source: January 10, 2003 issue of Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association
Pic Source: here
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