Israeli researchers: spider venom may replace Viagra as erection elixir

Science & Technology
By israelinsider staff April 12, 2007

Rambam Medical Center in Haifa hopes to bring glad tiding for men suffering from impotence, and the start performers have eight legs. The hospital’s sexual health clinic is conducting a study intended to determine whether toxins secreted by spiders can improve male sexual performance.

The study was launched after researchers discovered that men bitten by spiders experienced unusually prolonged erections.

Dr. Ilan Gruenwald of the Rambam neurourology unit approached several pharmaceutical companies and invited them to participate in studies on the subject. Several pharma firms have reportedly expressed keen interest.

“This study is the first of its kind, and may help many men,” Dr Gruenwald said. He explained that three types of spiders from South America and Africa — one of which is the notorious black widom — will be bred in a special habitat and have their venom milked.

Men will not need to be bitten in order to enjoy the venom-induced virility.

After news of the study was published in Yediot Ahronot, Israel’s largest circulation newspaper and the Ynet internet site, police nationwide were reportedly called to disperse crowds of Israeli men who had descended on an old age homes serving Ethiopian senior citizens. The disappointed crowds left only after being persuaded that the black widows with the potent bite were spiders, not elderly African women who had lost their spouses.

The spider venom elixir is not yet available on the web.

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