Black mamba venom contains potent painkilling compounds

10/3/2012 | National Geographic News

Venom from one of the world's most poisonous snakes, the black mamba, contains strong painkilling compounds known as mambalgins, according to research from France's Institute of Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology. The compounds are similar in potency to opiates such as morphine but lack the risk of respiratory side effects. With time and more research, scientists hope the compounds can be used to help alleviate pain in humans.

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