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    • Scorpion Venom Used as a Pain Killer By Phillip Messineo, Lally Homans, and Gordon Spector 
    • Morphine
        • Morphine is a potent pain killer.
        • Like other opium-like drugs, morphine is very addictive.
        • When used, the pain killer affects the central nervous system (CNS).
    • Description
        • Recently, a professor at Tel Aviv University discovered that the scorpion's venom could be an alternative for morphine.
        • 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.
      •  
    • Description Continued
        • Professor Gurevitz is studying Israeli Yellow Scorpions.
        • Toxins called peptides are in the scorpions
        • mix with sodium channels in muscular system and nervous system 
        • Sodium channels guide/direct pain. 
        • Some of these sodium channels tell the brain that the body is in pain.
        • Humans have nine  sodium channels.
    • Problems
        • The Israeli Yellow Scorpion has over 300 peptides in its body.
        • Out of these 300+ peptides, only some of them have been observed.
    • Benefits
        • Morphine- Addictive...The new Scorpion venom drug- not.
        • The drug would help with:
          •   bad burns,
          •   major cuts,
          •   could be a very good medicine in the military,
          • good for bad injuries 
        • Works quickly,and effectively
    • QUESTIONS
      •  
    • Acknowledgments
        • 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
        •   www.wilsonsbiologylab.com
        • google docs 
        • http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_YbfDNTAiZQ8/Snw3su_VcRI/AAAAAAAADbQ/HBOhKVWlW9g/s200/arizona_bark_scorpion.jpg
        • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morphine
        • http://files.turbosquid.com/Preview/Content_2009_07_14__00_07_03/scorpio.jpg92B9A1A1-299D-40C6-BBEA7F68FD4402EF.jpgLarge.jpg
        • http://www.flightglobal.com/blogs/flightinternational/scorpion.gif
    •   Seminar Questions
        • Do you think that using scorpion venom is a good alternative for morphine?
        • If you needed to, would you use the new pain killers? Why/why not?
        • Even though Professor Gruevitz says that there will not be any side effects, what do you think  could  happen?
        • What other animal could be used if scorpions became extinct? 
        •