Purveyors of snake oil and its mythical powers may not have had it all wrong, if preliminary findings with the Florida cottonmouth, bloodstains and a washing machine stay on target.
An enzyme extracted from the vipers venom appears to help launder out notoriously stubborn blood spots on clothing, according to a report presented here today at the 227th national meeting of the American Chemical Society, the worlds largest scientific society.
"We have partially isolated a component of the Florida cottonmouth snake venom thats capable of dissolving a blood clot and weve used this component to determine if it will help remove bloodstains from clothes," says Devin Iimoto, Ph.D., a biochemist at Whittier College who studies snake-venom enzymes for clinical applications. Two of Iimotos undergraduate students at the California liberal arts university described the results of the experiments with bloodstains in clothes at the Anaheim meeting.
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