Why do snakebites harm humans? Costa Rican scientists investigate

Human muscle tissue can bounce back from almost any type of wound, but venomous snakes can inflict bites that eat away flesh and even kill their victims. Though scientists have developed anti-venom serums to fight off a snakebite infection, they have yet to pinpoint the exact reason that snakebites can cause such extensive tissue damage. Now, three researchers from the University of Costa Rica’s snake bite investigation center are examining exactly what makes a snakebite bite.