WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Venom from a deathstalker scorpion tops the world’s costliest liquid, a gallon of which costs $39 million.
- To fill a gallon, 2.64 million times is needed to milk one single scorpion.
- Though it is one of the most dangerous scorpions in the planet, research has proven that its venom provides medical uses like pain reliever and reduces the risk of heart failures.
While the Deathstalker Scorpion is one of the world’s most venomous scorpions, its venom is also the world’s topmost expensive liquid. One gallon of the venom is worth $39 million. Sold in miniscule amounts, a droplet is smaller than a grain of sugar and costs $130.
Why it is the most expensive liquid is simply due to two reasons: difficulty in milking and its great healing properties.
Venom from scorpions is extracted manually and done individually. The average yield one scorpion produces at a time is just 2 milligrams at the most. So if you own just one scorpion, you have to milk it 2.64 million times to arrive at one gallon. Although the process can get you stung along the way, one sting hurts a lot though not fatal.
Another reason why the deathstalker venom is dubbed as the priciest liquid is that it has healing potentials. Only a few scorpion venoms are useful in treating various diseases and are very important to help create breakthrough medicines.
Researchers have found scorpion venom to have a lot of medical benefits. For instance, the cluster of proteins called chlorotoxins found in scorpion venoms bind with certain brain and spine cancer cells which help identify the specific size and location of tumors. The venoms are also said to be pain relievers and are also reported to lower the risk of failure during heart transplantation.
Due to the toxins contained in them, researchers use the venom as pesticides and to eliminate malaria in mosquitos. Kaliotoxin was given to rats during trials to fight bone disease. Researchers hope that it could work on humans as well.
As more and more uses of the venom are discovered through studies, demand for the miracle venom steadily grows. Scientists are now figuring out quicker ways to milk more venom like for instance, the first remote control machine invented by a group in Morocco for venom extraction. It can milk four scorpions at a time which is four times faster than a manual extraction. Scientists are hoping that it will be available on the market in the near future.
Source: Business Insider