Researchers team in Ireland found opportunities to use spiders venom against cancer


“The venom of that spider seems to destroy bacteria very effectively. However it does not destroy human cells.” explains Dr Michel Dugon. The researchers are also exploring the potential uses of the venom from a whole range of other creatures, from scorpions to giant centipedes, newts and even jellyfish. The venom will be tested on different lines of human cancerous cells. Usually, one part venom was diluted to one million part water. To date less than 100 species worldwide have been investigated for the therapeutic potential of their venom. Millions of bioactive combinations are to be explored. Michel Dugon has opened the ‘Venom Systems and Proteomics Lab’ in the Ryan Institute at NUI Galway.


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