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Scorpion venom will help detect cancer cells
Paradoxical as it sounds, but the poison can save lives. Mankind has long learned to benefit for themselves from snake venom. Numerous anti-inflammatories and painkillers simply would not exist without it. Scorpions also not be left alone and have been used to poison them.
American scientists from Seattle, has developed a new technology that allows physicians to detect and remove brain cancer cells using scorpion venom. Search technology tumor is in its “backlight”, which in turn is realized through the use of protein derived from the paralyzing venom of the Israeli scorpion. This modernized protein binds to cancer cells and then fused with a fluorescent “molecules-lanterns”, which are successfully used in operations for decades. Scorpion toxin detects cancer cells and moves them “lanterns”, causing cancer cells to “shine.”
During initial tests, this technology has already helped to successfully identify cancer cells in dogs and mice. Documented cases of paint helped scientists identify extremely small amounts of cancer cells , which would be almost impossible to detect using classical techniques. Apart from the brain, the technology has shown its efficiency in the detection of breast cancer, colon and skin.
According to the experts, because the membrane of the blood vessels in the brain are powerful anti-toxin, the introduction of molecules into the brain was very difficult and most drugs developed by the pharmaceutical companies could not overcome this barrier. However, it is scorpion venom, “evolved” over millions of years “found” a special way to enter the brain proteins.
One major advantage of the new technology is that it allows the surgeon during an operation to orient color tumor in real time, instead of using magnetic resonance imaging.
Test “poisonous” technology on humans is scheduled to begin in Australia, and if they will be successful in the next 6-9 months will continue testing in the United States.
Based on materials from ABC News
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