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Child Receives Transgenic Skin

By Ruth Williams | January 1, 2018

A combination gene-and-cell therapy has given a boy with a grievous skin disease a new lease on life, and resolved a dermatology debate to boot.

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David Julius Probes the Molecular Mechanics of Pain

By Anna Azvolinsky | 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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Infographic: A Painful Pathway

By Catherine Offord | January 1, 2018

Since the mid-2000s, the voltage-gated sodium channel NaV1.7 has emerged as a promising target for a new class of analgesics.

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Painful Realities

By The Scientist Staff | January 1, 2018

Dave Thomas, a researcher at the National Institute on Drug Abuse, talks about the harsh truths and frustrating complexity of pain and analgesia.

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Sex Differences in Opioid Analgesia: A Complicated Picture

By Catherine Offord | January 1, 2018

Researchers are beginning to tease apart the mechanisms underlying differences in how males and females respond to powerful painkillers.

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Targeting Sodium Channels for Pain Relief

By Catherine Offord | January 1, 2018

The race to develop analgesic drugs that inhibit sodium channel NaV1.7 is revealing a complex sensory role for the protein.

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Animal Analgesics

By The Scientist Staff | 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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Frog Skin Yields Potent Painkillers, but None Clinic Ready

By Shawna Williams | 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 Catherine Offord | January 1, 2018

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

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Novel Analgesics at a Snail’s Pace

By Bob Grant | 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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