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Brazilian scientists discover potential of Amazonian spider venom for drugs and insecticides

The venom of the "Acanthoscurria juruenicola" (Tarantula) spider from the Brazilian Amazon can be used in developing drugs and biological insecticides, according to a study by Brazilian scientists released today, Tuesday, by the local press.

"In 2023, it will be 100 years since the description of this species, and only now has the venom been characterized," said the study coordinator, Alexandre Tashima, a professor at the Federal University of São Paulo (Unifesp).

The unpublished study, reported today by the weekly magazine "Veja", was published by scientists from Unifesp, the Butantan Institute, and U.S. academics in the "Journal of . . .

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