Scorpion venom provides clues to cause, treatment of pancreatitis

June 2010
Edge (East Carolina University);Summer2010, p25
The article focuses on a study by East Carolina University microbiologist Doctor Paul Fletcher and North Carolina State University physicist Doctor Keith Weninger that showed how the Brazilian scorpion's venom can be used to treat pancreatitis and in targeted drug delivery. It says that a protein production system in the pancreas may be the target of the venom in a process called vesicle fusion. It adds that the findings may lead to treatments for other viruses and advances in chemotherapy.


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