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eppur_se_muova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 07:38 PM
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Vampire bat saliva could help fight strokes (Reuters/CNN)
Vampire bat stroke drug study resumes
Genetically modified protein from vampire bat saliva to treat ischemic stroke.
October 30 2006: 4:07 PM EST

CHICAGO (Reuters) -- An experimental stroke treatment based on the saliva of vampire bats rose from the dead Monday days after a safety panel stalled human testing because of a potential safety risk, its developers said.

An independent panel monitoring clinical trials of the drug said Monday a large study could resume after it halted patient recruitment last week so that it could investigate additional data to evaluate a possible safety issue.

News of the vampire bat drug's revival, which hit a day before the celebration of Halloween, sent shares of the medicine's German developer, Paion AG (Charts), and U.S. partner Forest Laboratories Inc. (up $0.85 to $48.73, Charts) higher.

The companies said they expect to complete enrollment in the late-stage study by the end of this year with results of the trial expected in the middle of 2007.
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The treatment, desmoteplase, is a genetically engineered version of a clot-dissolving protein found in the saliva of the vampire bat.
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more: http://money.cnn.com/2006/10/30/news/companies/bc.healt...

This is almost as good as the radioactive scorpion venom treatment!
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Quantess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 11:35 AM
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1. My only concern is
will animals (in this case, vampire bats) be exploited?
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eppur_se_muova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-01-06 05:47 PM
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3. Not to worry, the protein has been 'genetically engineered' from the original...
which *probably* means it is produced by GMO bacteria in big fermentation vats.
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Celebration Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-01-06 05:21 AM
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2. Is this a Halloween story?
Well, Byetta, GLP-1 for diabetes, is from gila monster saliva.
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