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What do marine snails and insulin have in common? New approach to treat diabetes?

Academics / General Science : ScienceDaily: Science Society

The cone snails are predators of the sea. They capture fish by injecting a venom into the prey that consists of a cocktail of different substances. The single components of the snails' venom, so-called conopeptides, are known for th...

Predatory sea snails produce weaponized insulin

Academics / General Science : ScienceDaily: Science Society

Some cone snails add insulin to the venom cocktail they use to catch fish, biologists have discovered. Adding the hormone to the mix of venom toxins may have enabled predatory cone snails to disable entire schools of swimming fish w...

Killer sea snail a target for new drugs

Academics / General Science : ScienceDaily: Science Society

Pain treatment researchers have discovered thousands of new peptide toxins hidden deep within the venom of just one type of Queensland cone snail. Researchers hope the new molecules will be promising leads for new drugs to treat pai...

Cone Snail Venom Holds Promise for Medical Treatments for Cancer and Addiction

Health : Newswise Medical News

While considered a delicacy in some parts of the world, snails have found a more intriguing use to scientists and the medical profession offering a plethora of research possibilities.

Snail venom could knock out pain – and opioid addiction

Technology / Gadgets : Gizmag

With an epidemic of addiction to opioid painkillers on the rise, researchers say they've found an alternative for pain relief from an unlikely source – a small snail found in the Caribbean Sea. Scientists from the University of Utah...

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