Stopping the sting

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Science  09 Nov 2018:
Vol. 362, Issue 6415, pp. 631-635
DOI: 10.1126/science.362.6415.631

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  • Jellyfish venom is poison as medicine

    Yao-Hua Law wrote an article entitled “Stopping the sting” (1). We can be paralyzed by the jellyfish sting while some jellyfish venoms can cause death because of the heart seizure. However, Hyunkyoung Lee et al. reported that jellyfish venoms are considered as an interesting resource in the development of novel drugs for treating various diseases (2). Cobra venom has been used to treat joint pain, inflammation, and arthritis in Ayurveda, an Indian traditional medicine (2,3). Bee venom has been used to treat chronic inflammation (rheumatoid arthritis), skin disease (acne and itch), and pain relief for thousands of years (2,4). Venom has duality of poison and medicine.

    1. Yao-Hua Law, Stopping the sting, Science 09 Nov 2018: Vol. 362, Issue 6415, pp. 631-635
    2. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-018-20724-3
    3. Gomes, A. et al. Anti-arthritic activity of Indian monocellate cobra (Naja kaouthia) venom on adjuvant induced arthritis. Toxicon 55, 670–673 (2010)
    4. Chang, Y. H. & Bliven, M. L. Anti-arthritic effect of bee venom. Agents Actions 9, 205–211 (1979)

    Competing Interests: None declared.

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