Scorpion venom is subject to experiments by Egyptian scientists to confront the Corona virus

Scorpion venom is subject to experiments by Egyptian scientists to confront the Corona virus
Scorpion venom is subject to experiments by Egyptian scientists to confront the Corona virus

The Seventh Day TV provided special coverage about global media reports that dealt with news about scientists at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, and the Suez Canal University in Egypt, who concluded that deadly scorpion venom can help defeat the new variants of the Corona virus.

The newspaper pointed out that scorpion venom has been used in traditional medicines all over the world.

But researchers at the University of Aberdeen have now discovered that the “wonderful mixture” of toxins found in scorpion stings can fight the variants of the Corona virus, explaining that scorpions were collected from the Egyptian desert and extracted poison from them before returning them to their natural environment.

Its venom contains peptides, many of which are potent and potentially deadly neurotoxins, however they also carry powerful antibacterial and antiviral qualities and are believed to protect the animal’s toxic gland from infection.

Scientists believe that these peptides could serve as a good starting point for the design of new anti-coronavirus drugs.

The project is supported by the Global Challenges Research Fund and directed by Dr. Wael Hussein, Senior Research Fellow 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.

Dr Hussain said: “Studying scorpion venoms as a source of new drugs is an exciting area that deserves more research. We’ve already seen that these venoms contain very powerful bioactive peptides, and we believe there is more to be discovered.”

Professor Abdel Rahman said, “Several species of scorpions are spread in Egypt, among them the most poisonous in the world. Their venom has not been fully studied yet and may represent an unconventional source for new medicines.” The possibility of using it to fight Corona.

 
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