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Certain venom may stop cancer cell growth

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Scientists say certain venom may stop cancer cell growth.  (Source: MGN) Scientists say certain venom may stop cancer cell growth. (Source: MGN)

(CNN) - Scientists from the University of Illinois believe they may have found a way to stop cancer cell growth using venom.

Their technique was presented at the American Chemical Society Conference.

It uses the venom from bees, snakes and scorpions. Similar to how ancient doctors treated ailments.

Although venom can hurt all cells, the technique in theory will only target cancer cells.

The work is in its early stages, but it has shown success in stopping breast cancer and melanoma cell growth in lab tests.

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