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Funnel-web spider venom may one day help save the lives of heart transplant patients – ABC News

A group of scientists is looking for funnel-webs spiders on Queensland’s Fraser Island in the hope of recovering a chemical treasure from their venom.

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Striding along a sandy track, a group of scientists is doing something kids are warned not to do: looking for funnel-web spiders.
Leading the pack, known as the “bugs-and-drugs squad”, is biochemist Glenn King from the University of Queensland, who has built a career unpicking the chemical composition of Australia’s venomous creatures.
He and his team have come to K’gari the place you may know as Fraser Island looking for a special kind of treasure in funnel-web venom: a miracle molecule.
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