Snake Venom Components and Their Cross Reactivity: A Short Review
DEFENCE RESEARCH ESTABLISHMENT SUFFIELD RALSTON (ALBERTA)
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Snake venoms are complex mixtures of organic and inorganic compounds, many of which exhibit biological activity. It has been demonstrated that antisera raised against a single purified venom protein form one species of snake will react with proteins in the venom of other species. This cross- reactivity between species may have evolutionary applications, but recent studies on the variability of venom components within a species make these evolutionary conclusions questionable. Canada.