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Scorpion Venom Used As A Pain Killer

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  • 1. Scorpion Venom Used as a Pain Killer By Phillip Messineo, Lally Homans, and Gordon Spector 
  • 2. 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).
  • 3. 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.
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  • 4. 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.
  • 5. Problems
      • The Israeli Yellow Scorpion has over 300 peptides in its body.
      • Out of these 300+ peptides, only some of them have been observed.
  • 6. 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
  • 7. QUESTIONS
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  • 8. 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
  • 9.   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? 
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