They may be the stuff of nightmares, but one type of venomous spider could hold a potential treatment for stroke sufferers.
Researchers in Australia have discovered that a protein found in the venom of the Australian funnel web spider could help protect the brain from injury after a stroke. It works by blocking mechanisms in the brain that are thought to cause damage. The venom has been tested on lab rats and showed promising results.
I'm fascinated that a potential new medical treatment can be taken from something that's generally lethal to humans.