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Scientists create painkillers that could be more powerful than morphine from the venom of snails
Mail on Sunday (UK) ^ | 10:43 EST, 16 March 2014 | Sophie Jane Evans

Posted on 03/16/2014 11:13:40 PM PDT by Olog-hai

Scientists have created powerful painkillers from the venom of snails, it has been revealed.

The substances, based on a tiny protein found in cone snails’ venom, could be more effective than morphine.

They may one day lead to the development of a drug to treat severe and chronic nerve pain. …

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Chit/Chat; Health/Medicine; Science
KEYWORDS: conesnail; medical; morphine; painkillers; painmanagement; sweetbabes; venom
This was news eight years ago, funny enough.
1 posted on 03/16/2014 11:13:40 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

“So we snail venom darted a bunch of people who apparently randomly expired afterwards! Totally coincidental and not related to the snail venom itself. But the pain relief was a success!”


2 posted on 03/16/2014 11:17:47 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: Olog-hai

3 posted on 03/16/2014 11:19:45 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: Darksheare

Snails have venom?


4 posted on 03/16/2014 11:23:20 PM PDT by Ronin (Dumb, dependent and Democrat is no way to go through life - Rep. L. Gohmert, Tex)
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To: Darksheare
snail venom darted a bunch of people

So this would be the famous snail darter that caused the delay of the Tellico Dam, yes?

5 posted on 03/16/2014 11:24:47 PM PDT by NoCmpromiz (John 14:6 is a non-pluralistic comment.)
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To: Ronin

Cone snails do.


6 posted on 03/16/2014 11:25:35 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Ronin

They detest all life that moves faster.
So they have rather venomous thoughts towards us especially.

/kidding.
Certain species of marine snail have rather nasty barbed darts that they launch at fish.
The venom is rather brutal.


7 posted on 03/16/2014 11:27:30 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: Darksheare

Oh great... now I am going to worry that every snail I see is just waiting for a chance to rush out and stab me with a venomous barb!

The horror... the horror...


8 posted on 03/16/2014 11:30:20 PM PDT by Ronin (Dumb, dependent and Democrat is no way to go through life - Rep. L. Gohmert, Tex)
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To: NoCmpromiz

The madman who darted those poor snails?
Terrible!
*eyes shift left and right*

Actually, no.


9 posted on 03/16/2014 11:30:43 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: Darksheare

Reminds me of the real life experiment where scientists gave an elephant LSD to test its effects. The elephant quickly died and the conclusion was that elephants were sensitive to LSD.


10 posted on 03/16/2014 11:31:50 PM PDT by LukeL
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To: Ronin; Darksheare
Here ya go...

Killer Cone Snails

By the way, I've seen teenagers eat like that... ;-)

11 posted on 03/16/2014 11:34:04 PM PDT by NoCmpromiz (John 14:6 is a non-pluralistic comment.)
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To: Ronin
No, not every snail. Just these ones, and their danger is relative to their size (i.e. the bigger they are, the more potent the venom).


12 posted on 03/16/2014 11:36:38 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Ronin

Conus snails in the ocean have some interesting toxins to read up on.
But the mental image of a snail wearing snail gang colors and threatening people is amusing.


13 posted on 03/16/2014 11:37:28 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: LukeL

Mkultra, its fun to randomly dose strangers with LSD because we’re the CIA...


14 posted on 03/16/2014 11:39:40 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: NoCmpromiz; Ronin

I’ve seen my brother’s spawn eat like that.
“Don’t mind me, I’m just slowly ingesting this. With my face in the plate. Nothing to be alarmed by.”


15 posted on 03/16/2014 11:41:48 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: Olog-hai

We already have painkillers that are more powerful than morphine. The thrill here seems to be that they come from snail toxins.


16 posted on 03/16/2014 11:42:43 PM PDT by firebrand
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To: Ronin

Ever wonder why all the French restaurants on Ninth Avenue disappeared?


17 posted on 03/16/2014 11:45:19 PM PDT by firebrand
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To: Olog-hai
I had two teeth pulled Friday, right across the street from Coca-Cola Headquarters. I am a little reluctant to return today but the woman dentist and her female assistant are sweet babes.

That's how I deal with it.

18 posted on 03/16/2014 11:55:30 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Coca Cola Headquarter Berlin construction time lapse
19 posted on 03/17/2014 12:02:11 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: LukeL

or the scientist who kept pulling the legs off frogs and yelled “hop”, only to conclude when all the legs are pulled off a frog, the frog goes deaf.


20 posted on 03/17/2014 12:44:23 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Olog-hai

That’s some improvement. Now instead of the druggies busting down the door to get the widescreen, they’ll be digging up the garden to get the snails.


21 posted on 03/17/2014 12:46:43 AM PDT by meadsjn
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To: firebrand

This article is lacking in info. and old news to a certain degree. Studies and experimentation have been going on for a decade. The real news is not so much as to the power, but how it works. It, actually, blocks the pain receptor sites, is non-addictive (no high), body doesn’t build tolerance nor have withdrawal, and there are signs it can replace anesthesia in some procedures.


22 posted on 03/17/2014 12:50:48 AM PDT by Kaosinla (The More the Plans Fail. The More the Planners Plan.)
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To: Olog-hai

Good to see this coming to market. I first read about the initial research back in the late 1990s.

Human ingenuity never ceases to amaze me.


23 posted on 03/17/2014 12:51:13 AM PDT by DemforBush (A Repo Man is *always* intense.)
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To: Kaosinla

Thanks for the additional information. So it is a kind of a breakthrough, then.


24 posted on 03/17/2014 2:32:02 AM PDT by firebrand
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To: Darksheare

25 posted on 03/17/2014 4:18:05 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: NoCmpromiz

One hundred different neurotoxins? Let me guess, the Japanese like to eat it raw.


26 posted on 03/17/2014 4:44:37 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Republican amnesty supporters don't care whether their own homes are called mansions or haciendas.)
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To: KarlInOhio

Where’s the gif of the black kid screaming “That’s Racist!”


27 posted on 03/17/2014 5:15:59 AM PDT by JohnnyP
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To: Olog-hai

Yeah, but if someone pours salt on you it won’t be pretty.


28 posted on 03/17/2014 5:21:03 AM PDT by citizen (There is always free government cheese in the mouse trap.....https://twitter.com/kracker0)
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To: driftdiver

We’re from France!


29 posted on 03/17/2014 9:11:07 AM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: Olog-hai

Ah! The dreaded Diamondback Rattlesnail!


30 posted on 03/17/2014 9:17:51 AM PDT by catman67
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To: KarlInOhio
the Japanese like to eat it raw.

And the snail-slicer must be specially trained..

31 posted on 03/17/2014 11:16:31 AM PDT by NoCmpromiz (John 14:6 is a non-pluralistic comment.)
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