Apple Balla reports that Wired reports that scientists report that:

Washington, July 7 (IANS) In what can alter the course of cancer treatment in the near future, researchers have found a compound that appears to pinpoint all of the malignant cells in a patient's body.

The twist is that the compound's main ingredient is a molecule that is found in the sting of a deadly scorpion.

The compound called chlorotoxin is found in the venom of the death stalker scorpion known as leiurus quinquestriatus.

Is it true that a venom from this scorpion can help to identify cancer cells?

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    The article claims it is in Phase I trials, which means nobody, not even the researchers, know whether this actually works yet. I guess answers will have to limit themselves to whether or not this is a legitimate trial in progress, and whether Apple Balla's report of the Wired report of the press release of the scientists' claims are accurate. – Oddthinking Jul 8 '14 at 5:13
  • The article you are linking to seem to quote quite old knowledge. The Wikipedia article on chlorotoxin links to several newer studies on the same subject. – Tor-Einar Jarnbjo Jul 9 '14 at 15:55

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