Skip to comments.Scientists create painkillers that could be more powerful than morphine from the venom of snails
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 ...
“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!”
Snails have venom?
So this would be the famous snail darter that caused the delay of the Tellico Dam, yes?
Cone snails do.
They detest all life that moves faster.
So they have rather venomous thoughts towards us especially.
Certain species of marine snail have rather nasty barbed darts that they launch at fish.
The venom is rather brutal.
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...
The madman who darted those poor snails?
*eyes shift left and right*
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.
By the way, I've seen teenagers eat like that... ;-)
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.
Mkultra, its fun to randomly dose strangers with LSD because we’re the CIA...
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.”
We already have painkillers that are more powerful than morphine. The thrill here seems to be that they come from snail toxins.
Ever wonder why all the French restaurants on Ninth Avenue disappeared?
That's how I deal with it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thanks for the additional information. So it is a kind of a breakthrough, then.
One hundred different neurotoxins? Let me guess, the Japanese like to eat it raw.
Where’s the gif of the black kid screaming “That’s Racist!”
Yeah, but if someone pours salt on you it won’t be pretty.
We’re from France!
Ah! The dreaded Diamondback Rattlesnail!
And the snail-slicer must be specially trained..
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