One of the world's most venomous snakes, the black mamba, could hold the key to developing new painkillers.
The black mamba is the longest venomous snake in Africa and is known for its aggression.
scientists discovered that compounds from the snake's venom provided
pain relief as strong as morphine, but without the adverse effects, when
injected into mice.The findings could lead to the development of
drugs that mimic the snake venom protein to alleviate pain, said
Australian venom expert Professor Richard Lewis from the University of
Queensland.Prof Lewis studies the toxin of the marine cone snail, which has been developed into an analgesic, Prialt.
said the French study showed the venom compounds, when injected into
mice, were unique because they acted on two pain pathways - the
peripheral and central nervous systems.The research has also revealed another biologica
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