When a scorpion stings someone, its toxins attack specific regions in the human body, interrupting electric signals to the brain.
Depending on the type of toxin, the victim either suffers paralysis or seizures.
What makes scorpions dangerous in the wild, though, provides interesting insights in the lab.
Scorpion toxins and diseases like epilepsy affect the body in fairly similar ways. Scientists have studied how toxins work for years.
That knowledge is now paving the way toward discovering drugs that treat epilepsy and similar diseases better, with fewer side effects.
Scientists at Aix-Marseille University and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have collaborated in this field since 2008. They made an...