South Africa: At R146 million a litre, this scorpion’s venom is the most expensive liquid in the world—here's why scientists are demanding it be milked in factories.

Oct 22, 2018
Scorpion venom is not only dangerous - it can also make you quite a bit of money.
The deathstalker is one of the most dangerous scorpions on the planet, and its venom is also the most expensive liquid in the world at R146 million per litre. To get this much you’d have to milk one scorpion almost 700,000 times.
The perk is it could save lives
The deathstalker is one of the most dangerous scorpions on the planet. It also happens to produce the most expensive liquid in the world costing R146 million per litre. Even if you had the money, you couldn't just go and buy a liter of the stuff, because you can only get it in tiny, minuscule amounts. Almost R1,900 will get you a droplet that's smaller than a grain of sugar.
According to Steve Trim, founder of Venomtech, one of the few people brave enough to milk these animals, one sting can be a hundred times more painful than a bee sting. There is a good reason why Trim is going to all the trouble to milk them. Scorpions are almost always milked by hand, one by one. And one scorpion produces, at the most, just two milligrams of venom at a time.
Inside that deadly venom, there's tons of useful components that are helping pioneer breakthrough medicines in science.
Hlorotoxins, for example, are the perfect size to bind with certain cancer cells in the brain and spine, which is helpful for identifying the specific size and location of tumors. And researchers have used scorpion to eliminate malaria in mosquitoes. Kaliotoxin has been given to rats to fight bone disease. Scientists hope it could work in humans too.
Source: News24
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