Can venom from a scorpion be used to treat cancer?

Researchers at the Transmolecular Corporation, based in Cambridge, Mass., have isolated venom that may be helpful in treating cancerous cells found in gliomas, a type of brain cancer.

The researchers have isolated a protein that is found in the venom of the Israeli yellow scorpion. The researchers created a synthetic version of the protein and then attached a radioactive iodine solution to it. When it is introduced to the bloodstream, the protein seeks out and binds to gliomas cells, carrying along the radioactive solution for the ride. The solution then kills the cells and with enough treatment kills the cancer.

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