is one of the most dangerous scorpions on the planet.
And what makes it so dangerous
also happens to be the most expensive liquid in the world.
Yeah, you read that right.
The stuff costs 39 million dollars per gallon.
Now, even if you had the money,
you couldn’t just go and buy a gallon of this stuff.
Because you can only get it in tiny miniscule amounts.
130 dollars will give you a droplet
that’s smaller than a grain of sugar.
The reason why is pretty simple. The stuff is hard to get.
Scorpions are almost always milked by hand one by one.
And one scorpion produces at the most
just two milligrams of venom at a time.
So, let’s do the math.
If you owned one scorpion,
you would have to milk it 2.64 million times to fill a gallon.
And let’s face it,
you’ll probably get stung along the way as well.
One sting isn’t enough to kill a healthy human.
But…I think it hurts.
I’d easily put it
being 100 times more painful than a bee sting.
But…because pain is a subjective and emotional experience,
it’s difficult to really get a quantification on that.
But it’s definitely gonna ruin your day.
That’s Venomtech founder Steve Trim,
one of the few people brave enough to deal with these animals.
That’s because inside that deadly venom
there’s actually tons of useful components
that are helping pioneer break through medicines.
Chlorotoxins, for example,
are the perfect size to bind with certain cancer cells
in the brain and spine,
which is helpful for identifying the specific size and location of tumors.
And researchers have used scorpine to eliminate malaria in mosquitos.
Kaliotoxin has been given to rats to fight bone disease.
Scientists hope it could work in humans, too.
These are just a few of the medical benefits
that researchers have found in the scorpion venom.
And the more they research it, the more uses they find,
which means demand for this miracle venom continues to grow.
So scientists are now trying to figure out ways
to get more of it faster.
Like this group out of Morocco
who invented the first remote-control machine for milking scorpions.
It can safely milk up to four scorpions at a time.
Might not sound like much,
but it’s four times faster than human.
Scientists hope to get on the market within a few years,
making the whole process faster and safer.
Faster and safer? You are probably thinking:
“Hum, maybe I should start my own scorpion farm. “
Well, get in line, wise guy.
It clearly has been a surge
and people think, you know, “this is a get-rich-quick scheme.”
but with people not understanding
how scorpion venom is used.
We have seen a rise in the number of people
saying they’ve got 300 grams of scorpion venom.
“Do you want to buy it? “
然而答案却是： “不用 我们自己有”
And the answer is “No, we’ve got our own.”