I knew venom was good for me.

The same researcher who discovered Komodo dragons are venomous is now hoping to harness the power of that venom for medicinal purposes. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Dr. Brian Fry has “uncovered anticoagulant properties to Komodo dragon venom which could help stroke patients, as well as properties which drop blood pressure which could be used one day to help treat high blood pressure.” The anticoagulant properties aren’t surprising when you think about it: a dragon’s main hunting strategy is to bite her prey and stalk them while they weaken and bleed out. As someone who comes from a long line of stroke and heart attack stock, I’m selfishly thrilled about this latest development in Komodo research.