Carnivorous snail may be source of new non-addictive painkiller

03/17/2014 | Australian (tiered subscription model), The

Australian researchers are testing the venom of the carnivorous cone snail, which includes conotoxin and may be 100 times more potent than morphine, but also non-addictive. Animal tests are being conducted on a new drug using conotoxin as its main active ingredient. "This is an important incremental step that could serve as the blueprint for the development of a whole new class of drugs capable of relieving one of the most severe forms of chronic pain that is currently very difficult to treat," said lead researcher David Craik of the University of Queensland.

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