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DNA Test Identifies Snake Bites

There may soon be a rapid diagnostic test to determine whether a person was bitten by a venomous snake. There are no reliable numbers on how many people are bitten by snakes each year. One study in 2008 estimated the figure to be at least 420,000 – with up to 94,000 deaths. But experts believe those estimates are probably too low. Venomous snakes are common. Researchers say they pose an “especially serious unresolved health threat to millions of people in South and Southeast Asia, Africa...

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