Wasp, Scorpion Venom Could Be Help In Fighting Cancer, Researchers Say

Wasp, Scorpion Venom Could Be Help In Fighting Cancer, Researchers Say


CORDEN ABOUT HIS WELL, WHEN WE HEAR SCORPION OR WASP, MOST OF US CRINGE IN THE THOUGHT OF GETTING STUNG, BUT SOME RESEARCHERS BELIEVE THAT VENOM CAN ACTUALLY SAVE LIVES BY FIGHT CANCER. IN THIS ORIGINAL REPORT, MAI MARTINEZ TALKED TO ONE WOMAN WHO IS LIVING PROOF. GO OUT FIGHTING OR JUST LAY HERE AND DIE. THAT WAS THE CHOICE FACING DONOVAN RYAN IN DECEMBER OF 2008 WHEN SHE DECIDED TO ALLOW DOCTORS TO USE SCORPION VENOM THROUGH AN IV TO TREAT HER BRAIN CANCER AS PART OF A CLINICAL TRIAL. DONNA’S DOCTOR SAYS THE VENOM ACTED AS A TROJAN HORSE BRINGING A RAID I DON’T GO ACTIVE ISOTOEP DIRECTLY TO THE TUMOR. HOW DOES IT KNOW HOW TO DAMAGE THE BAD CELLS AND NOT THE GOOD CELLS? THAT’S A GOOD QUESTION. SO IT’S NOT COMPLETELY UNDERSTOOD WHY, BUT IT DOES. FACING HER FOURTH GLIOBLASTOMA, DR. LUCAS SAID DONNA ONLY HAS MONTHS, AT BEST, TO LIVE. BUT AFTER THREE TREATMENTS OF SCORPION VENOM, NEARLY 7 YEARS LATER, SHE APPEARS TO BE CANCER FREE. DO YOU ATTRIBUTE HER SURE VOOIFL TO THAT SCORPION VENOM? I DO. I THINK, AND THE SCORPION VENOM AND THE BIOLOGY OF HER DISEASE. NOW, RESEARCHERS ARE HOPING VENOM FROM THESE BRAZILIAN WASPS MIGHT BE THE NEXT TO FIGHT CANCER. A NEW STUDY RELEASED TODAY SAYS THE VENOM CAN CREATE GAPING HOLES IN CANCER CELLS, WHICH COULD CAUSE THE CELLS TO DIE OR AT LEAST INHIBIT THEIR GROWTH. THE THOUGHT OF USING VENOM TO HELP FIGHT CANCER MAY BE SHOCKING TO SOME BUT NOT TO SCIENTISTS HERE AT THE PEGGY NATURE MUSEUM. IT’S ALMOST LIKE A PUZZLE PIECE. THE VENOM WILL NIEND A PLACE WHERE IT CAN LOCK IN, AND THAT’S WHAT IT WILL RIP APART OR STOP OR WHATEVER THE VENOM IS INTENDED TO DO. DO YOU KIND OF SEE THIS AS A MIRACLE? YES, I DO. YES, I DO. SHE ALSO SAYS IT’S FOREVER CHARNGED THE WAY SHE LOOKS AT SCORPIONS. I LOOK AT EVERYTHING THAT GOD MADE, AND I SAY, “THIS IS USEFUL. YOU KNOW, THERE’S A PURPOSE FOR THAT LITTLE ANIMAL TO BE AROUND.” MAI MARTINEZ, CBS 2 NEWS. WE SHOULD NOTE THE VENOM USED TO FIGHT CANCER IS FROM SPECIFIC SPECIES OF SCORPIONS AND WASPS, AND IT’S A SYNTHETIC VERSION OF

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