Scorpion Venom Used as a Pain Killer By Phillip Messineo, Lally Homans, and Gordon Spector 
Morphine <ul><ul><li>Morphine is a potent pain killer. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Like other opium-like drugs, morphine is...
Description <ul><ul><li>Recently, a professor at Tel Aviv University discovered that the scorpion's venom could be an alte...
Description Continued <ul><ul><li>Professor Gurevitz is studying Israeli Yellow Scorpions. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Toxi...
Problems <ul><ul><li>The Israeli Yellow Scorpion has over 300 peptides in its body. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Out of thes...
Benefits <ul><ul><li>Morphine- Addictive...The new Scorpion venom drug- not. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The drug would hel...
QUESTIONS <ul><li>  </li></ul>
Acknowledgments <ul><ul><li>http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/02/100216163341.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium...
  Seminar Questions <ul><ul><li>Do you think that using scorpion venom is a good alternative for morphine? </li></ul></ul>...
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Scorpion Venom Used As A Pain Killer

  1. 1. Scorpion Venom Used as a Pain Killer By Phillip Messineo, Lally Homans, and Gordon Spector 
  2. 2. Morphine <ul><ul><li>Morphine is a potent pain killer. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Like other opium-like drugs, morphine is very addictive. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>When used, the pain killer affects the central nervous system (CNS). </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Description <ul><ul><li>Recently, a professor at Tel Aviv University discovered that the scorpion's venom could be an alternative for morphine. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Professor Michael Gurevitz says that the natural compounds found in scorpion's venom have evolved and can now take away pain without having very bad side effects. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  4. 4. Description Continued <ul><ul><li>Professor Gurevitz is studying Israeli Yellow Scorpions. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Toxins called peptides are in the scorpions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>mix with sodium channels in muscular system and nervous system  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sodium channels guide/direct pain.  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Some of these sodium channels tell the brain that the body is in pain. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Humans have nine  sodium channels. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Problems <ul><ul><li>The Israeli Yellow Scorpion has over 300 peptides in its body. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Out of these 300+ peptides, only some of them have been observed. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Benefits <ul><ul><li>Morphine- Addictive...The new Scorpion venom drug- not. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The drug would help with: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>  bad burns, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>  major cuts, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>  could be a very good medicine in the military, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>good for bad injuries  </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Works quickly,and effectively </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. QUESTIONS <ul><li>  </li></ul>
  8. 8. Acknowledgments <ul><ul><li>http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/02/100216163341.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Latest+Science+News%29&utm_content=Netvibes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>  www.wilsonsbiologylab.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>google docs  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_YbfDNTAiZQ8/Snw3su_VcRI/AAAAAAAADbQ/HBOhKVWlW9g/s200/arizona_bark_scorpion.jpg </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morphine </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://files.turbosquid.com/Preview/Content_2009_07_14__00_07_03/scorpio.jpg92B9A1A1-299D-40C6-BBEA7F68FD4402EF.jpgLarge.jpg </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.flightglobal.com/blogs/flightinternational/scorpion.gif </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9.   Seminar Questions <ul><ul><li>Do you think that using scorpion venom is a good alternative for morphine? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If you needed to, would you use the new pain killers? Why/why not? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Even though Professor Gruevitz says that there will not be any side effects, what do you think  could  happen? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What other animal could be used if scorpions became extinct?  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>  </li></ul></ul>

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