The funnel web spider is one of Australia’s deadliest animals

Venom from the deadliest spider in Australia could hold the key to creating the world’s first treatment for brain damage caused by a stroke.

A protein found in the toxic venom of the funnel web spider was found to help prevent damage to brain cells after stroke in lab rats, said scientists.

Researchers from the University of Queensland and Monash University captured three funnel web spiders, whose bite can kill humans in 15 minutes, for a study.

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