Many possible medical uses for cone snail venom

01/22/2013 | ScientificAmerican.com

Cone snail venom contains some 1,000 peptides that have potentially useful medicinal properties, and for decades, scientists have been uncovering possible applications for the compounds. Venom from the magician cone snail led to Prialt, the first commercial therapy derived from cone snails. Approved by the FDA in 2004, Prialt is a pain reliever 1,000 times more potent than morphine, yet lacking the addictive properties. It's possible the venom from other snails could be used to treat epilepsy, stroke, depression and more.

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