Hard to believe the kind of rubbish people believe about pangolin scales. Latest lie is that pangolin scales "contain tramadol, an opiate"
. Really? Pangolin scales are just keratin, like your own nails and hair.
[F]our of the lab’s scientists dedicated themselves to testing a relatively new claim about pangolin scales—that they contain tramadol, an opiate used for pain relief that, like all opiates, has the potential for abuse.
Wildlife forensic scientist Rachel Jacobs and her colleagues examined the chemical signatures of clippings of scales from more than 100 pangolins and found no traces of tramadol. They published the findings in June in the journal Conservation Science and Practice.
“There’s so much misinformation surrounding this whole thing,” Jacobs says.
Pangolin scales are made of nothing more than keratin, a protein that makes up fingernails, hair, horns, claws, and hooves. It has no scientifically proven medicinal value. Jacobs was doing related research when she first heard the rumors about pangolin scales being smuggled into the U.S. for tramadol. “It surprised us. We thought it was a bit bizarre,” she says. “We hadn’t heard of it before.”
Rumors about the protective armor of the threatened mammal are debunked, as poaching decimates their numbers.www.nationalgeographic.com