Sunday, March 18, 2018
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in
This news story is archived which means that, while it is still available to view, the information contained within may be outdated and the original source site/link may no longer be viewable.

For the most recent stories, please visit either the site's home page or main news section.

Can scorpion venom tackle superbugs ?

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

Image credit: Wikimedia Commons

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."

  View: Full article

 Source: Wired

  Discuss: View comments (11)


Recent comments on this story
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:
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.

Please Login or Register to post a comment.

  On the forums
Flying drone could launch to Mars in 2020
NASA scientists are considering whether or not to send their lightweight robotic helicopter drone to Mars.
Elongated skulls belonged to 'foreign' brides
Researchers have been unraveling the mystery of elongated skulls discovered in southern Germany.
Plane in Russia drops three tons of gold bars
Bars worth up to $368 million rained down after the aircraft suffered damage during takeoff on Thursday.
Court rejects man's claim that he is not dead
A Romanian court has formally rejected Constantin Reliu's claim that he is actually very much alive.
Other news in this category
Larry Page's autonomous flying taxi revealed
Posted 3-14-2018 | 1 comment
The Google co-founder's flying car start-up Kitty Hawk has created a two-person passenger drone called Cora....
Physicist Stephen Hawking has died aged 76
Posted 3-14-2018 | 25 comments
One of the greatest scientific minds of our age, Hawking passed away in the early hours of this morning....
Beware of mystery 'Disease X', scientists warn
Posted 3-11-2018 | 14 comments
The World Health Organization has highlighted the potential danger of a deadly, as-yet-unknown pathogen....
Robot can solve a Rubik's Cube in 0.38 seconds
Posted 3-10-2018 | 8 comments
The device is able to solve the puzzle so quickly that to the naked eye it seems almost instantaneous....
Diamond contains never-before-seen mineral
Posted 3-9-2018 | 5 comments
A tiny diamond has been found to contain a type of mineral that has, until now, never been seen in nature....
Amazon Echo users plagued by creepy laugh
Posted 3-8-2018 | 20 comments
The voice-activated home assistant has reportedly been laughing out of the blue for no apparent reason....
DARPA is attempting to 'slow biological time'
Posted 3-6-2018 | 4 comments
Known as Biostasis, the program aims to increase the odds of survival for injured soldiers on the battlefield....
Largest ever family tree links 13 million people
Posted 3-5-2018 | 0 comments
Covering 11 generations over a period of 500 years, the family tree is thought to be the largest ever created....
Lab-grown meat could go on sale by end of year
Posted 3-4-2018 | 35 comments
'Clean meat' that has been grown in a laboratory could become available to buy within a matter of months....
Doomsday seed vault hits the one million mark
Posted 2-26-2018 | 2 comments
The most recent consignment to arrive at the facility has brought its total number of deposits up to 1,059,646....
Harvard scientists develop snakeskin robot
Posted 2-25-2018 | 4 comments
The ingenious device uses special snake-like 'scales' to help grip the ground and pull itself along....

 View: More news in this category
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 © 2001-2017
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ