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Peptide Discovered in Scorpion Venom May Hold Key to Secretory Diseases
February 15, 2008
Researchers have discovered a peptide in scorpion venom that may hold the key to understanding and controlling cystic fibrosis and other secretory diseases. The novel peptide, called GaTx1, can control the movement of ions and water out of cells by interacting with a crucial chloride channel that is commonly mutated in patients with cystic fibrosis.
Georgia Institute of Technology Research News
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