Scorpion venom farmed for profit in Afghanistan and headed for export

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A team of researchers have produced Afghanistan’s first-ever batch of licensed scorpion venom and are preparing to export the product to the US. One scorpion produces, at the most, just two milligrammes of venom at a time. According to the farm’s head Darwesh Haji, the facility has managed to extract 300-400 grammes so far. Scorpion venom is highly prized on the international market, and is amongst the most expensive liquids in the world. The venom contains various toxins, which can be used in medical research for cancer and malaria treatments

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