Australian funnel-web spider

Australian funnel-web spiders are found in the eastern part of Australia. There are around 40 species and they are currently placed in two genera – Hadronyche and Atrax. Some of these species are known for producing venom that can be deadly to humans when left untreated, especially those from Sydney funnel-web spider and northern tree-dwelling funnel-web spider.
Hi1a, a protein extracted from Fraser Island funnel-web spider, was found to be capable of reducing cardiac damage caused by heart attacks and extend the life of donor hearts used in transplants. It was tested using beating human heart cells that were exposed to heart attack stress.

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