Injections of radioactive scorpion venom…

| August 1, 2006

…isn’t this the way that superheroes (or -villians) get started?

Doctors seeking treatments for malignant brain tumors have found promise in the venom of scorpions, according to a study released on Friday.

The study showed that a synthetic version of a protein found in the venom of giant yellow Israeli scorpions targeted tumor cells but did not harm the healthy cells of brain cancer patients.

“We’re testing a new agent that has a lot of potential for patients who have had no meaningful treatments thus far,” said Dr. Adam Mamelak, lead author on an article to appear in the August issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

In the study, 18 patients first had surgery to remove malignant gliomas, a lethal kind of brain tumor. Then doctors injected their brains with a solution of radioactive iodine and TM-601, the synthetic protein.

“Giant yellow Israeli scorpions”, no less. Hat tip to Slashdot. ..bruce..

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Webster is Principal and Founder at Bruce F. Webster & Associates, as well as an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at Brigham Young University. He works with organizations to help them with troubled or failed information technology (IT) projects. He has also worked in several dozen legal cases as a consultant and as a testifying expert, both in the United States and Japan. He can be reached at bwebster@bfwa.com, or you can follow him on Twitter as @bfwebster.

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