I’m sorry, but this just boggles my mind.
Extracting venom from scorpions can be a dangerous, but rewarding, task.
The poisonous secretion, while fatal to humans, contains hundreds of components that have potential uses in the health sector when they are broken down to a molecular level.
In a bid to remove the venom safely, for both scorpion and extractor, a group of scientists in Morocco has developed a remote-controlled “milking machine,” which straps to the scorpion’s tail and uses an electric impulse to stimulate the venom glands for the poison to be released.
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According to the researchers, the business of scorpion-milking can be lucrative. They said that a gram of venom can be sold for around $8,000, with venom from rarer scorpions selling for up to $12,000 per gram.
There’s more at the link.
I can almost hear the job interview now:
“So, what exactly is it I’m going to be doing?”
“You’re going to fit milking nozzles over the stingers of scorpions.”
“You want me to put my hand up against a scorpion’s stinger? Thanks, but no thanks!”