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Spider venom could hold cancer cure
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Spider venom to be tested as cancer cure.

Queensland scientists are investigating the possible use of spider venom as a cure for breast cancer.

Researchers at James Cook University in Cairns are to study the medicinal properties of funnel-web spider and tarantula venom.

Queensland Science Minister Ros Bates said the research was on the back of international studies that suggested certain toxins in spider venom could block cancer-causing enzymes.

"They are looking at ways in which the venom may be able to block or kill breast cancer cells - so it could actually lead to a cure," Ms Bates told AAP on Friday.

"It's very early days, but it's fairly ground-breaking research."

The research is being jointly funded by the state government, the National Health and Medical Research Council and the Breast Cancer Foundation.

The West Australian

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