Kentucky Reptile Zoo to use snake venom in medical research

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SLADE, Ky. (WYMT/WKYT) - Experts at the Kentucky Reptile Zoo in Powell County are helping researchers use snake venom in medical research. Our sister station WKYT has the story.

The Russell's Viper, native to southeast Asia, is one of roughly 1,000 reptiles that get venom extracted at the zoo.

This venom is in use within the medical community for lupus diagnosis.

Kristen Wiley with the Kentucky Reptile Zoo said this snake's venom can make it easier for doctors to detect the antibody that is associated with lupus.

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