Snake Enthusiast’s Venom Habit Holds Hope For New Antidote

Steve Ludwin handles a Pope’s Pit Viper at his apartment in Kennington, south London on Thursday (Nov 9). (Photo: AFP / Niklas Halle’n)

For nearly 30 years, London-based reptile enthusiast and musician Steve Ludwin has been injecting snake venom. It may now help save thousands of lives, as researchers search for a new antidote based on his body’s response to the toxic fluids. Over the years Mr Ludwin has injected the venom of some of the world’s most dangerous snakes, including the black mamba and cobras. He claimed that it has strengthened his immune system so much he has not suffered from a cold in 15 years. Now a team of researchers at the University of Copenhagen embarked on producing an anti-venom using his antibodies. Read more about it: