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Scorpion toxin can be used as a tool for studying chronic pain and inflammation

26/08/2019

Scorpion toxin that targets ‘wasabi receptor’ may help solve mystery of chronic pain. sciencedaily.com. August 22, 2019. Summary: Researchers have discovered a scorpion toxin that targets the ‘wasabi receptor,’ a chemical-sensing protein found in nerve cells that’s responsible for the sinus-jolting sting of wasabi. Because the toxin triggers a pain response, scientists think it can […]


Untangling the scorpion family tree using not only their bodies, but the shape of their venom

16/11/2018

Venom shape untangles scorpion family tree. eurekalert.org. November 14, 2018. As a child growing up in Mexico, Carlos Santibanez-Lopez feared the scorpions that would often decorate the walls and ceilings of his home in search of a warm place with plenty of food. El mito del escorpión (eldiario.com.co) This is the scorpion Kolotl magnus from Guerrero, Mexico.CREDITCarlos […]


Scorpions can fine-tune their venom to suit different predators and prey

11/10/2017

JCU scientists find scorpions target their venom. jcu.edu.au. October 11, 2017. In the first study of its kind, James Cook University scientists have shown scorpions can fine-tune their venom to suit different predators and prey. Dr Jamie Seymour from JCU’s Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM) said a typical scorpion predator would be […]


The house spider genome reveals an ancient whole-genome duplication during arachnid evolution

01/08/2017

Genome sequencing shows spiders, scorpions share ancestor. sciencedaily.com. August 01, 2017. In collaboration with scientists from the U.K., Europe, Japan and the United States, researchers at the Human Genome Sequencing Center at Baylor College of Medicine have discovered a whole genome duplication during the evolution of spiders and scorpions. The study appears in BMC Biology.Researchers […]


Similar burrow architecture of three arid-zone scorpion species implies similar ecological function

23/06/2016

Scorpions have similar tastes in burrow architecture. sciencedaily.com. June 21, 2016. Common scorpion burrow structure has evolutionary importance. Summary: New research on the burrows of scorpions in diverse environments finds that these predatory arachnids build strikingly similar architectural features in their homes. The study was conducted using molten aluminum casts and 3-D scanning, and suggests […]


Trivia # 268: Bothriurus Bonaeriensis

14/01/2015

Trivia toxicológica from January 14, 2015: Bothriurus bonariensis  is a specie of scorpion where adults get to measure about 60 mm long. The geographical distribution includes Argentina, Uruguay and southern states of Brazil (Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina). Their sting is not potent sting and sometimes even don´t through the skin. The tail […]


About Tityus trivittatus in Buenos Aires City, Argentina

07/11/2014

Comments on Environmental and Sanitary Aspects of the Scorpionism by Tityus trivittatus in Buenos Aires City, Argentina. By Adolfo Rafael de Roodt.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. Toxins (Basel). Apr 2014; 6(4): 1434–1452.AbstractDeaths by venomous animals are medical emergencies that can lead to death and thus constitute sanitary problems in some regions of the world. In the South of America, […]


Trivia # 258: identify a Tityus in peculiar position

05/11/2014

Toxicological trivia from November 05, 2014:  Sertox is receiving permanently questions to identify spiders, snakes, caterpillars and/or scorpions. Tityus is a large genus of thick-tailed scorpions (family Buthidae), the namesake of its subfamily Tityinae. As of June 2012, Tityus contains more than 200 described species distributed in Central America and South America, from Costa Rica […]


Scientists have discovered that scorpions create a platform in their burrows, study

14/07/2014

Scorpions are master architects, according to new research. sciencedaily.com. July 10, 2014. Summary: The burrows made by scorpions follow a very sophisticated design, beginning with a short, vertical entrance shaft that flattened out a few centimeters below the surface into a horizontal platform, new research has found. The burrows then turn sharply downwards, descending further below […]


The sting in a scorpion’s tail has been connected to common defensive proteins by scientists

15/01/2014
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How the scorpion’s venomous sting evolved. By Jeremy Coles. bbcnews. January 15, 2014. The sting in a scorpion’s tail has been connected to common defensive proteins by scientists. Defensins are proteins common to many plants and animals that fight off viral, bacterial and fungal pests. Researchers investigated the relationship between these proteins and the neurotoxins […]


Two new article about Scorpions: Defensive behavior and a new specie

14/11/2013

Scorpions Use Strongest Defense Mechanisms When Under Attack.sciencedaily.com. November 13, 2013. Scorpions tend to use their strongest defense mechanisms, according to new research published November 13 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Arie van der Meijden and colleagues at Centro de Investigação em Biodiversidade e Recursos Genéticos (CIBIO) in Vairão, Portugal. When attacked by […]


Trivia # 205: Tityus quirogae in Venezuela, study

06/09/2013

Toxicological trivia from September 06, 2013: Researchers from the East and Central University of Venezuela published new findings about morphological alterations found in scorpions "Tityus quirogae", a species of great medical importance because of the powerful poison that has . In how many copies, of the 100 arthropods studied, found alterations in the shell, teeth […]


Scorpion-sting antivenom has huge US price tag

15/11/2011

A Steep Price for Scorpion Sting Relief.  myfoxphoenix.com. 15 Nov 2011. Antivenin for scorpion stings was approved by the FDA back in August, but doctors and patients are now discovering the fast acting serum comes at a very steep price.Metro Phoenix hospitals are billing over $12,000 per vial of the antivenin, approved to help people […]


Scorpion-sting antivenom has huge US price tag

15/11/2011

A Steep Price for Scorpion Sting Relief.  myfoxphoenix.com. 15 Nov 2011. Antivenin for scorpion stings was approved by the FDA back in August, but doctors and patients are now discovering the fast acting serum comes at a very steep price.Metro Phoenix hospitals are billing over $12,000 per vial of the antivenin, approved to help people […]


Trivia # 125: increase of scorpions bites in Mexico

18/02/2010

Toxicological Trivia fron February 18, 2010: In 2007 it was said that the rises in temperature produced  that poisonous animals were  closer to urban areas of Mexico. In the next five years, the population at risk of being bitten by a scorpion in comparison with the current population would be more than:a) Doubleb) Triplec) Quadruple. […]


Trivia # 106: new species of scorpion in Corrientes (Ar)

15/01/2010

Toxicological Trivia from January 15, 2010: In the region of northeastern of Argentina have recently identified a species of scorpions of high toxicity not described above. They are:a) Tityus bahiensis;b) Tityus fasciolatus;c) Bothriurus araguayae.Correct Answer a. Read more in related news in Spanish, Tityus bahiensis in Corrientes


Treatment for centruroides genus sting

14/05/2009

Prof. Alfredo Rovere recommended us:  Antivenom for Critically Ill Children with Neurotoxicity from Scorpion Stings.Boyer LV et al. N Engl J Med 2009;360:2090-8.PDF full text. (View a video of a child with oculomotor abnormalities after a scorpion sting.) Conclusions: Among critically ill children with neurotoxic effects of scorpion envenomation, intravenous administration of scorpion-specific F(ab’)2 antivenom […]


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