Venom from snakes is highly needed, both for producing antidotes and for scientific research. In fact, each year snake bites kill more people than cholera, around 100,000 across the globe. One company, based in south-eastern France, are using hi-tech technologies to produce venom. Seventy different species of snakes are kept at the high security laboratory.
Snakes and scorpions are fed and stored in racks inside a room kept at a strictly controlled temperature and humidity level. Each is milked once per month to remove just a few spoonfuls of venom. Medical research is underway; in fact venom can produce a large spectrum of molecules which are in demand because of their impact on a wide variety of pharmacological targets including the nervous system, muscles, kidneys, heart and blood circulation.
Scientists are convinced there are still many secrets to venom which have yet to be discovered and they could provide us with many more treatments in the future.