Venom from Brazilian wandering spider could be the next Viagra

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Published Feb 17, 2015, 3:33 pm IST
Updated Mar 29, 2019, 7:27 pm IST
The venom has fewer side effects compared with existing erectile dysfunction drugs
A bite from the Brazilian Wandering Spider can cause painful erections lasting for hours.  (File Photo)
 A bite from the Brazilian Wandering Spider can cause painful erections lasting for hours. (File Photo)
 
 
The side effects of a bite from a Brazilian Wandering Spider include tremors, difficulty breathing, copious amounts of salivation – and a long-lasting erection. Scientists believe that harvesting PnTx2-6, which is present in spider venom, can create a natural Viagra that takes 20 minutes to become effective.
 
To find out how PnTx2-6 works, scientists cut off the penis of a dead mouse and connected it to an electrical stimulator, according to a Wired report.
 
According to Daily Mail, Scientists from the University of Wisconsin were then able to measure the contraction of the muscles in tissue when they came into contact with different chemicals.
 
They discovered that not only does the venom work, but it also has fewer side effects compared with existing erectile dysfunction drugs, such as Viagra.
 
 
The Brazilian wandering spider appeared in Guinness World Records from 2010 as the world's most venomous spider. The venom of the spider causes priapism in humans. Erections resulting from the bite are uncomfortable, can last for many hours and can lead to impotence 
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