Thursday, November 29, 2007

Cuban scientists develop cancer drug from scorpion venom

Health: "Cienfuegos (Cuba), Nov 29 - Cuban scientists have developed a drug from scorpion venom, which they say could go a long way in fighting cancer, Spanish news agency Prensa Latina reported Thursday. 'The researchers have been studying the breeding, handling and use of scorpion venom in their Cienfuegos breeding centre, which has 400 scorpions at present but would increase to 5,000 next year,' team leader Fabio Linares of the Pharmaceutical Biological Laboratories in Havana said Wednesday. The drug can be used to treat brain tumours, pancreas and prostate cancer."

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