Next time you're about to squish a spider for daring to step foot inside your house, you may want to ask what that spider* can do for you first.
Scientists in Brazil reckon they'll soon be able to harness the toxins in spider venom in order to treat erectile dysfunction after early trials indicate "effects over and above" Viagra when used in combination.
The boffins at Federal University of Minas Gerais have been studying the workings of the Brazilian Wandering Spider, whose venom has been known to cause four-hour long erections in men - before eventually killing them.
As a result, they've created a more refined, artificial version of the toxin in gel form which, happily, doesn't kill you or your boner.
Rather, it was found to give mice and rats with erectile dysfunction long-lasting erections.
"Without any stimulation, a swelling of the penis lasting about 60 minutes was seen 20 minutes later," the study's authors wrote in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.
"This result suggests that it is able to induce erection, independently of sexual stimulation."
The researchers concluded that their findings "may emerge as a potent new drug that can be topically administered, becoming a promising alternative for erectile dysfunction treatment."
If the new gel does work on humans, it could be the answer to the prayers of men who are unable to take Viagra due to high blood pressure, diabetes or other medical issues.
*We really should have to say this but the spiders hanging out in your house are not going to cure your erectile dysfunction. Please do not be the reason we have to write a follow-up story called: Australian Man Close To Death After Encouraging Redback To Bite His Peen.