Dolphins’ Remarkable Recovery from Injury Offers Important Insights for Human Healing

Georgetown scientist teams up with dolphin experts to explore the sea animals’ ‘mysterious’ wound healing abilities

Washington, DC – A Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) scientist who has previously discovered antimicrobial compounds in the skin of frogs and in the dogfish shark has now turned his attention to the remarkable wound healing abilities of dolphins.

A dolphin’s ability to heal quickly from a shark bite with apparent indifference to pain, resistance to infection, hemorrhage protection, and near-restoration of normal body contour might provide insights for the care of human injuries, says Michael Zasloff, M.D., Ph.D.

For a “Letter” published today in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, Zasloff, an adjunct professor at GUMC and former Dean of Research, interviewed dolphin handlers and marine biologists from around the world, and reviewed the limited literature available about dolphin healing to offer some new observations about what he calls the “remarkable” Continue reading

Real Snake Venom Cocktail Has Bite

A cocktail with real bite has been created by Russian biologist Vasily Krivopalov.

Three times a week the 41-year-old scientist from the southern Russian city of Samara drains venom from one of his 20 pet cobras, and then mixes it with vodka and brown sugar.

He said: “I feel great afterwards, 20 years younger, it is a drink with a real kick.

“A cobra’s poison contains more than 120 useful components, and by adding alcohol to it the dangerous toxins are nullified; and it becomes a very healthy and invigorating drink. I take this medicine regularly and feel great: It rejuvenates and invigorates.”