CBS Evening News for Thursday, Aug 24, 1978
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(Studio) Report on possibility that one of deadliest reptiles may hold key to cure for disease that took life of sports hero.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(Boca Raton, Florida) Film shown. [Lou GEHRIG - feels he's luckiest man on earth.] Gehrig's shortened career as member of New York Yankees due to disease called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, now known as Lou Gehrig's disease, noted. Unsuccessful searches for cure reported New evidence that proper combination of venom from king cobra and many-banded krait snakes can alter course of disease and FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approval of experiments on willing patients stated. Bill Haas' extraction of venom from snakes at Miami Serpentarium shown. Treatments with venom extract at several research centers, like Sanders Med. Research Fndtn., Incorporated, in Boca Raton, Florida, mentioned. [Patient Herbert BRUNER - describes paralysis symptoms that were helped by treatment.] [Patient Gail THOMPSON - has nothing to lose; is encouraged.] Researchers' studies about treatment and theories about how it works outlined. [Researcher Dr. Murray SANDERS - comments on treatment and disease.]
REPORTER: Charles Crawford