Science is so cool! Really, it’s the scientists that are amazing – who takes a look at a scorpion and thinks, “I bet I can do something with that venom”? I’m sure it doesn’t happen in exactly that way, but still…
Scientists at Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center did just that. By linking a peptide (mini-protein) from the Israeli deathstalker scorpion to a “molecular flashlight,” they created the first Tumor Paint and in 2007. This “paint” clearly distinguishes the cancer tissues from normal tissue, and in the world of brain surgery, it’s a game changer.
Why it matters
This video tells the story in a way that words can’t. Please take 3 minutes and watch it.