Could scorpion venom shrink brain tumours?

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Could scorpion venom shrink brain tumours?
« on: 29/01/2012 11:35:56 »
Joanne asked the Naked Scientists:
Dear Chris

I would be very grateful if you could answer my question.

I have been told that there is currently research going on - I think in Cuba - into the efficacy of scorpion venom as a means of shrinking brain tumours.  I need to know how far this research has gone, and whether scorpion venom would work on meningeomas. 

Thank you for your help.


What do you think?
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Re: Could scorpion venom shrink brain tumours?
« Reply #1 on: 30/01/2012 12:16:48 »
Take a look at this report from the BBC on the use of a synthetic copy of the Giant Yellow Isreali Scorpion.

And this from CNN on the Cuban Blue Scorpion

It is worth notting that research into the Blue Scorpion venom has come into question.

Read this also

I would advise against getting your hopes up. Disappointment in such circumstances can be devestating.

I wish you the best of luck.
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