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Dye Based on Scorpion Venom Will Light Up Brain Cancer in Kids

Dye Based on Scorpion Venom Will Light Up Brain Cancer in Kids

A dye derived from scorpion venom that lights up cancer cells so surgeons can see — and remove — deadly brain tumors will be tested for the first time in children, Seattle experts said Thursday. Officials with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have expanded approval to enroll patients from infants to young adults in a clinical trial of the Blaze Bioscience drug BLZ-100, known as Tumor Paint. “I think it does have the potential to be revolutionary,” said Dr. Sarah Leary, a pediatric neuro-oncologist at Seattle Children’s who is the principal investigator for the trial.

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