10/1/2013

A molecule found in centipede venom is a potent pain blocker, according to research published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Mice injected with a peptide from the venom showed no side effects and had no adverse reactions on blood pressure or heart rate, the study found. Researchers say the effect is similar to or more potent than morphine, and could be developed as a treatment for chronic pain.

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