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Venom From Vampire Bats May ‘Revolutionize Treatments’ For Hypertension, Heart Failure, More

Scientists say their research efforts, however, are slowed by Mexican drug traffickers taking over regions that are home to field sites.

It turns out Dracula may have some good in him after all. Australian scientists say the venom from vampire bats may pave the road to new treatments for a slew of medical conditions.

But that road, they note, has also been dealt some bumps in the form of dangerous Mexican drug traffickers.

The authors believe the new research, led by a team at The University of Queensland, prove that the creepy, blood-drinking mammals have more to offer humans than hair-raising lore. A new class of blood pressure-regulating peptides in the venom from the vampire bats may help “revolutionize treatments” for ailments including hypertension, heart failure, kidney diseases, and burns.

“The peptides are mutated forms of the Calcitonin Gene Related Peptide (CGRP), used by our bodies to relax blood vessels,” says co-author Bryan Fry, an associate professor at the university’s School of Biological Sciences, in a release. He notes that the peptides are even more therapeutic than the CGRP and have fewer side effects.

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