Pain relief from sea snail venom

SBS News
April 06, 2018
By SBS News
Australian scientists say they have edged closer to developing new pain relief medication from sea snails.

The news comes as countries search for alternatives to opioids, including codeine, amid concerns of widespread misuse and a lack of effective treatments for chronic pain.

The venom of the marine cone snail contains conotoxins, powerful chemicals that result in paralysis or death of its prey.

Research over the past 30 years has shown conotoxins can also provide long-lasting pain relief by blocking the pain signal through the nervous system. | READ MORE

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