Personal Liberty Digest™ will be upgraded this weekend to reflect a dynamic new look and mobile-friendly viewing to enhance your experience! Plus, we'll be providing even more of the compelling content you've come to expect, delivered in a whole new way!

  Comments Subscribe to Personal Liberty News Feed Subscribe to Personal Liberty

Can Scorpion Venom Cure Brain Cancer?

November 25, 2009 by  

Can scorpion venom cure brain cancer?As natural therapies go, this one may be a bit unorthodox, but scientists believe a compound found in scorpion venom combined with nanoparticles may become a new health resource for those suffering from brain cancer.

In a recent study of the compound called chlorotoxin, researchers from the University of Washington found that the combination could reduce the spread of cancerous cells by 98 percent.

Chlorotoxin had been previously found to bind to MMP-2, a protein overexpressed by many types of tumors, including those of the breast, colon, skin, lung, prostate and ovaries. The new experiment confirmed that combining it with nanoparticles resulted in more MMP-2 being bound, preventing it from breaking away from the tumor and invading other areas.

"We hypothesized the mechanism and we have all the data to prove [it]," says Miqin Zhang, professor of materials science and engineering at the university.

The researchers tout the results as important since brain cancers tend to be highly invasive so a new approach to slowing their spread would be particularly useful.

The American Cancer Society estimates that 22,070 malignant tumors of the brain or spinal cord will be diagnosed in the U.S. in 2009 and about 12,920 people will die from these diseases.

Special To Personal Liberty

You Sound Off! is written by our readers and appears the last Wednesday of each month. If you would like to submit an article or letter to the editor for consideration for You Sound Off!, send it to by the Friday before the last Wednesday of the month. To be considered, a submission should be 750 words or less and must include the writer's name, address and a telephone number. Only the writer's name will be published. Anonymous submissions will not be considered.

Facebook Conversations

Join the Discussion:
View Comments to “Can Scorpion Venom Cure Brain Cancer?”

Comment Policy: We encourage an open discussion with a wide range of viewpoints, even extreme ones, but we will not tolerate racism, profanity or slanderous comments toward the author(s) or comment participants. Make your case passionately, but civilly. Please don't stoop to name calling. We use filters for spam protection. If your comment does not appear, it is likely because it violates the above policy or contains links or language typical of spam. We reserve the right to remove comments at our discretion.

Is there news related to personal liberty happening in your area? Contact us at


Sign Up For Personal Liberty Digest™!

PL Badge

Welcome to,
America's #1 Source for Libertarian News!

To join our group of freedom-loving individuals and to get alerts as well as late-breaking conservative news from Personal Liberty Digest™...

Privacy PolicyYou can opt out at any time. We protect your information like a mother hen. We will not sell or rent your email address to anyone for any reason.