Spider venom key to pain relief without side-effects
Date:April 14, 2020Source:University of QueenslandSummary:Molecules in tarantula venom could be used as an alternative to opioid pain killers for people seeking chronic pain relief—————————————————————————————————————————————
Molecules in tarantula venom could be used as an alternative to opioid pain killers for people seeking chronic pain relief.
University of Queensland researchers have designed a novel tarantula venom mini-protein that can potentially relieve severe pain without addiction. . . .
"Our study found that a mini-protein in tarantula venom from the Chinese bird spider, known as Huwentoxin-IV, binds to pain receptors in the body. . . .
Dr Schroeder said the mini-protein had been tested in mouse models and shown to work effectively. . . .