Deadly scorpion venom could hold key to defeating new Covid variants

Scientists have found that deadly scorpion venom could help defeat new variants of Covid.

Scorpio poisons are used in traditional medicine around the world.

But researchers at the University of Aberdeen have now discovered that the “fascinating cocktail” of poisons contained in the stings of scorpions could fight coronavirus variants.

Scorpions were collected from the Egyptian desert and milked before being released back into their natural habitat.

Their toxins contain peptides, many of which are potent neurotoxins and potentially fatal.

But they also have strong antibacterial and antiviral properties and are said to protect the animal’s venom gland from infection.

It is these peptides that scientists believe could serve as a good starting point for developing new anti-coronavirus drugs.

The project is supported by the Global Challenges Research Fund and supported by Dr. Wael Houssen, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Medical Sciences at the University of Aberdeen, and Mohamed Abdel-Rahman, Professor of Molecular Toxinology and Physiology at the Faculty’s Zoological Institute. Head of Science at the University of the Suez Canal.

Dr. Houssen said, “Research into scorpion toxins as a source of novel drugs is an exciting and productive area that deserves further investigation.

“We have already seen that these toxins contain extremely potent bioactive peptides, and we believe there are many more to be discovered.”

Professor Abdel-Rahman said: “Several species of scorpion, including the most poisonous in the world, are widespread in Egypt.

“Your poisons have not yet been fully investigated and could be an unorthodox source of new drugs.”

You will now extract the beneficial chemicals from the poison and explore the potential of their use to fight Covid.

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