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Toxic snails and novel painkillers

Conotoxins from the predatory cone snail work even at very low levels to block nerve signals. Now, researchers in Germany have investigated the structures of one specific conotoxin with a view to developing the compound, or its derivatives, as a new type of painkiller. Despite being snail-derived, I assume they’d offer fast-acting relief nevertheless. More [...] Toxic snails and novel pa
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Researchers Study Special Forms Of A Conotoxin That Blocks Transmission Of Pain Signals

Health : Medical News Today (2 years ago)

Hidden in the mud, the cone snail Conus purpurascens lies in wait for its victims. It attracts its prey, fish, with its proboscis, which can move like a worm, protruding from the mud. Once a fish approaches out of curiosity, the sna... Read Post

How cone snail venom minimizes pain

Academics / General Science : Science Codex (4 months ago)

The venom from marine cone snails, used to immobilize prey, contains numerous peptides called conotoxins, some of which can act as painkillers in mammals. A recent study in The Journal of General Physiology provides new insight into... Read Post

How cone snail venom minimizes pain

Academics / General Science : Science Daily (4 months ago)

The venom from marine cone snails, used to immobilize prey, contains numerous peptides called conotoxins, some of which can act as painkillers in mammals. Researchers provide new insight into the mechanisms by which one conotoxin, V... Read Post


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