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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.

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  • Bruce

    Wow, the many Scorpion stings I have had were of some good perhaps. LOL.

  • dale bennett

    i under stand all demacrats have brain cancer , we should get everyone
    in the white house 1 or 2 scorpions

  • s c

    Are there biochemists out there who might shed some light on this topic? It seems to me that if the #1 priority with Big Pharma is whether or not something can be PATENTED (and that is EXACTLY the case), this concept makes sense and should give a business reasons to research it.
    Big Pharma found all the ‘motivation’ they needed to use mustard gas from WWI for the basis of what we call chemotherapy. And they’ve made literally TONS of money since the use of chemotherapy went into high gear in the US.
    I refuse to believe that anyone who calls himself a scientist can be shy about looking for things that WORK. Solutions solve problems. Excuses keep people ill. Letting yourself be a slave to protocols and ‘the big picture’ is beyond illogical.
    With all of the scientific advances in the last 100 years, scientists should not have to be told that DO NO HARM applies to ALL endeavors. Good health and functional therapies should always be the rule-of-thumb (never an afterthought). Don’t MDs, related health care professionals, chemists and drug-makers owe it to the world and themselves to make this a better place?

  • Fritz

    can spider also prevent cancerous cells?


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