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Contributors

By | January 1, 2018

Meet some of the people featured in the January 2018 issue of The Scientist.

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image: David Julius Probes the Molecular Mechanics of Pain

David Julius Probes the Molecular Mechanics of Pain

By | January 1, 2018

For nearly 30 years, the UC San Francisco researcher has delved into unexplored corners of the nervous system.

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Prospecting for Painkillers

By | January 1, 2018

Cone snail venom researcher Mandë Holford discusses the therapeutic potential of toxins found in animals.

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Swearing Off Pain

By | January 1, 2018

Author Emma Byrne runs down the benefits of cursing, among them an enhanced ability to withstand pain.

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Ten-Minute Sabbatical

By | January 1, 2018

Take a break from the bench to puzzle and peruse.

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Why Swearing and Pain Go Hand in Hand

By | January 1, 2018

Screaming obscenities when you stub your toe makes perfect biological sense.

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Animal Analgesics

By | January 1, 2018

A cornucopia of toxins in the animal kingdom could provide inspiration for novel painkillers, but so far, effective drugs have proven elusive.  

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image: Frog Skin Yields Potent Painkillers, but None Clinic Ready

Frog Skin Yields Potent Painkillers, but None Clinic Ready

By | January 1, 2018

Decades after their discovery by bioprospectors, amphibian-derived analgesics continue to attract scientific attention.

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Mining Spider Toxins for Analgesic Clues

By | January 1, 2018

Arachnids harbor a plentiful array of molecules that target mammalian pain receptors.

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image: Novel Analgesics at a Snail’s Pace

Novel Analgesics at a Snail’s Pace

By | January 1, 2018

Studying cone snail venom has yielded novel pain pathways, but the peptides that function as toxins are difficult to translate into drugs.

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