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.