Pick Your Antipoison

Pick Your Antipoison

Researchers work to make antivenom safer, cheaper, and more effective

By Christen Brownlee, 15:55 PM April 15, 2008

On a warm, sunny afternoon last June, emergency room physician Sean Bush got a call on his pager that made his blood run cold. The number was his wife's, followed by three digits: 9-1-1. Whatever the page concerned, Bush knew that it was a serious emergency—he and his wife don't take those numbers lightly.

A quick call from the hospital where he was on duty to his home 22 miles away brought terrifying news. Through panicked tears, Bush's wife related that a small rattlesnake had just bitten t...

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