A team of scientists has discovered that the deadly scorpion venom used in traditional medicines around the world may help defeat the new variants of the Corona virus. It can fight variants of the Corona virus, according to the newspaper “The Independent” …
A team of scientists has discovered that the deadly scorpion venom used in traditional medicines around the world may help defeat the new variants of the Corona virus.
The study, carried out by scientists from the University of “Aberdeen” in Scotland, discovered that the “wonderful mixture” of toxins found in scorpion stings can fight the variants of the Corona virus, according to what the British newspaper “The Independent” reported.
Scorpion venoms contain peptides, many of which are powerful neurotoxins that may be deadly, yet they also carry powerful antibacterial and antiviral elements and are believed to protect the animal’s poisonous gland from infection.
Scientists believe that these “peptides” can serve as a good starting point for the design of new anti-coronavirus drugs, and they will now extract useful chemicals from the poison and explore the possibility of using them to fight Corona.
The study was supported by the Global Challenges Research Fund in Scotland, and directed by Dr. Wael Hussein, a researcher at the University of Aberdeen’s Institute of Medical Sciences, and Mohamed Abdel-Rahman, Professor of Molecular Toxicology and Physiology in the Department of Zoology, Faculty of Science, Suez Canal University.
The scorpions were collected from the Egyptian desert and extracted their venom before returning them to their natural habitat.
“Studying scorpion venoms as a source of new drugs is an exciting area that deserves more research,” Dr. Hussein said, noting, “We have already seen that these venoms contain very powerful biologically active peptides, and we believe there is more to be discovered.”
In turn, Abdel Rahman said that “several types of scorpions spread in Egypt, and some of them are among the most toxic in the world,” noting that “these toxins have not been fully studied so far and may represent an unconventional source of new medicines.”
The Corona virus has caused the death of at least 4,952,390 people in the world since the World Health Organization office in China reported the emergence of the disease at the end of December 2019.
At least 243,972,710 people have been confirmed to have contracted the virus since its appearance. The vast majority of those infected recovered, although some continued to experience symptoms weeks or even months later.
The figures are based on daily reports issued by each country’s health authorities and exclude subsequent reviews by statistical agencies that indicate much higher death numbers.
The World Health Organization, taking into account the excess mortality rate directly or indirectly related to Covid-19, considers that the outcome of the epidemic may be two or three times greater than the officially announced outcome.