How To Make Antivenom

You are nine times more likely to die from a lightning strike than a snakebite, thanks to anti-venom. But where does anti-venom come from? Viewers follow the process of making anti-venom, beginning with the discovery of how to make it and then showing the step-by-step process. The video concludes with other less expensive — but highly dangerous methods.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Research Albert Calmette, the inventor of antivenom
  • Using the numbers given in the video, calculate how much venom scientists can get from one milking
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Pros
  • Connects to Louis Pasteur
  • Short, engaging video holds scholars' attention
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