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Can scorpion venom tackle superbugs ?

Posted on Saturday, 14 July, 2012 | Comment icon 11 comments


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New research suggests that scorpion venom may hold the key to tackling drug-resistant bacteria.

As superbugs such as MRSA become increasingly problematic, developing new ways of dealing with antibiotic-resistant infections has become a new priority for scientists. Researchers at Chinaís Wuhan University have been exploring the use of substances contained within scorpion venom as a potential solution and have reported some promising results using mice.

"They showed itís possible to take this peptide and turn it into an an antimicrobial peptide that can kill a broad range of bacteria that are harmful to humans," said immunologist Michael Zasloff. "The infections that we create on the backs of mice are not all that different from those that occur on humans."

"It may sound like snake oil, but a new study suggests scorpion venom contains a substance that can fend off drug-resistant bacteria, including the deadly MRSA."

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Comment icon #2 Posted by Tx-Perkyness on 14 July, 2012, 13:20
I wonder if its all scorpions or certain ones, I'm not a venom expert but I've always believed that not all venom works the same way unless peptide is in every poison sack.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Spid3rCyd3 on 14 July, 2012, 15:24
They already found a sea sponge near australia that works perfectly in helping to kill antibiotic resistant bacteria, it completely removes their resistance.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Spid3rCyd3 on 14 July, 2012, 16:56
Here's the link, if anyone wants to take a look: http://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/news/2009/02/researchers-look-to-marine-sponges-to-beat-antibi.aspx
Comment icon #5 Posted by Paracelse on 14 July, 2012, 17:25
Put some scorpion venom on sea sponges and wash the infection, guaranteed cure ... just kidding those a both great finds
Comment icon #6 Posted by Junior Chubb on 14 July, 2012, 20:40
Fantastic news!!! Until the bacteria adapts and fends off the new scorpion based solution... Well at least it will give us a respite.
Comment icon #7 Posted by csspwns on 15 July, 2012, 1:04
wonder if it helps cancer?
Comment icon #8 Posted by thelasthotrod on 15 July, 2012, 5:20
i cant find anything on your sea sponge after 2009 whatever happen with it
Comment icon #9 Posted by Paracelse on 15 July, 2012, 5:40
i cant find anything on your sea sponge after 2009 whatever happen with it Patent was bought by big pharma and put on the shelf???
Comment icon #10 Posted by Spid3rCyd3 on 15 July, 2012, 6:38
Patent was bought by big pharma and put on the shelf??? Probably, unfortunately I never heard anything else about the sponges either. Kind of like Ibogain, and how it cures opiate(s) and other forms of serious addiction. No one ever hears anything about that either.
Comment icon #11 Posted by DeathRain2012 on 16 July, 2012, 17:47
Im a scorpio mate. Bacteria can **** and die.


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