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Caught on Camera
Caught on Camera
The Scientist Staff | Dec 31, 2017
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Mining Spider Toxins for Analgesic Clues
Mining Spider Toxins for Analgesic Clues
Catherine Offord | Dec 31, 2017
Arachnids harbor a plentiful array of molecules that target mammalian pain receptors.
Sourcing Painkillers from Scorpions’ Stings
Sourcing Painkillers from Scorpions’ Stings
Abby Olena | Dec 31, 2017
Compounds in the arachnids’ venom interact with ion channels to both cause and block pain.
Sea Anemone Toxin Could Treat Autoimmunity
Sea Anemone Toxin Could Treat Autoimmunity
Jef Akst | Dec 31, 2017
If successful, the treatments could alleviate patients’ pain by reducing inflammation.
Frog Skin Yields Potent Painkillers, but None Clinic Ready
Frog Skin Yields Potent Painkillers, but None Clinic Ready
Shawna Williams | Dec 31, 2017
Decades after their discovery by bioprospectors, amphibian-derived analgesics continue to attract scientific attention.
Animal Analgesics
Animal Analgesics
The Scientist Staff | Dec 31, 2017
A cornucopia of toxins in the animal kingdom could provide inspiration for novel painkillers, but so far, effective drugs have proven elusive.
 
Novel Analgesics at a Snail’s Pace
Novel Analgesics at a Snail’s Pace
Bob Grant | Dec 31, 2017
Studying cone snail venom has yielded novel pain pathways, but the peptides that function as toxins are difficult to translate into drugs.
Researchers Mine Centipede Toxins for Analgesics
Researchers Mine Centipede Toxins for Analgesics
Catherine Offord | Dec 31, 2017
Venomous centipedes may harbor a clue to the creation of a successful pain-killing compound for humans.
Snake Venoms Cause and Block Pain
Snake Venoms Cause and Block Pain
Kerry Grens | Dec 31, 2017
Painful snake bites may hold clues to developing analgesic drugs.
Prospecting for Painkillers
Prospecting for Painkillers
The Scientist Staff | Dec 31, 2017
Cone snail venom researcher Mandë Holford discusses the therapeutic potential of toxins found in animals.