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University of Arizona team pushes new coral-snake antivenin

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[Source: The Arizona Republic] - Supplies of North American coral-snake antivenin are almost non-existent since the only manufacturer shut down its operations several years ago, but an Arizona group is taking the lead on finding a solution.

Coral-snake venom is more potent than a rattlesnake's, and the shortage of antivenin could pose a danger, particularly in the Southeast, where the most dangerous species of coral snake lives.

The University of Arizona Viper Institute is leading an investigation with the Mexican company Bioclon Institute into a new antivenin that they hope will meet Food and Drug Administration standards

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