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Snake man's venom habit holds hope for new antidote

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Health Desk: Nov 11, 2017-- For nearly 30 years, London-based reptile enthusiast and musician Steve Ludwin has been injecting snake venom -- a practice that has almost killed him.              

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 Ludwin has injected the venom of some of the world's most dangerous snakes, including the black mamba and cobras.

He claimed it has strengthened his immune system so much he has not suffered from a cold in 15 years.

But it has not been all positive.

Ludwin's unique behaviour is the subject of a short film at a new exhibition on venom opening at London's Natural History Museum on Friday.

Courtesy: Afp, London