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The Most Expensive Liquid in the World at $39 Million Per Gallon

Most Expensive Liquid
One scorpion produces, at the most, just two milligrams of venom at a time. Credit: Tola Kokoza, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 

The most expensive liquid in the world is venom from a scorpion which has potential medical applications, but its extraction and processing are highly specialized and dangerous.

The deathstalker is one of the most dangerous scorpions on the planet, and what makes it so dangerous also happens to be the most expensive liquid in the world. This stuff costs $39 million per gallon.

The reason is because the liquid is hard to get. Scorpions are milked by hand, one by one. And one scorpion produces, at the most, just two milligrams of venom at a time.

Some cultures have used scorpion venom for centuries as a natural pain reliever. While the science behind this is still being explored, some components of the venom show promise in managing chronic pain.

Inside that deadly venom, there are tons of useful components that are helping pioneer breakthrough medicines.

Chlorotoxins, for example, are the perfect size to bind with certain cancer cells in the brain and spine, which helps identify the specific size and location of tumors.

And researchers have used scorpions to eliminate malaria in mosquitoes. Kaliotoxin has been given to rats to fight bone disease. Scientists hope it could work in humans too.

These are just a few of the medical benefits that researchers have found in scorpion venom. And the more they research it, the more uses they find. Which means demand for this miracle venom continues to grow. So scientists are now trying to figure out ways to get more of it faster.

Related: Greek Scientist’s Amazing Discovery: Spider Venom Kills Cancer Cells

How the world’s most expensive liquid is extracted

The traditional method is manual milking which involves gently stimulating the scorpion to induce venom release, collecting it directly with specialized tools.

Another method used is electrical stimulation to trigger venom ejection, offering faster collection but demanding careful calibration to avoid harming the scorpion.

More recently automated milking systems have been installed employing robotics and controlled environments to maximize venom yield while minimizing human intervention.

North Africa and the Middle East, including countries like Egypt, Morocco, and Iran, are a major player in scorpion venom extraction due to the presence of diverse and medically significant species like Androctonus mauretanicus.

Brazil, home to numerous scorpion species, has established farms and facilities for venom extraction, particularly from Tityus serrulatus, known for its neurotoxic venom.

India and Southeast Asia contribute to the global demand for scorpion venom, with species like Heterometrus swammerdami being commercially raised for venom collection.

Related: New Scorpion Species With “Greek Origins” Discovered In Turkey

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