May 9, 2013 | Pippa

I'll admit it: I'm really scared of spiders. But new research could help calm my fears.

Brazilian researchers have developed a vaccine that protects lab rabbits against the venomous bites of a group of spiders.

It won't be available for humans just yet, and it doesn't cover all spiders. But this vaccine could be the start of a new way of dealing with deadly spider bites. That would make my spider phobia completely irrational! 

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Bites from the brown spider can cause ulcers and even internal haemorrhaging.

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