Spider venom consists of pain killing chemical compounds

March 4, 2015 7:18 AM

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A latest scientific study suggests that spider venom contains about seven compounds that can be used as painkillers. Researchers at Australia’s University of Queensland investigated several chemicals in spider venom and discovered that some of them have the ability to stop the first step that passes pain signals to the brain. Their work was published on Thursday in the British Journal of Pharmacology.

The study focused on the 45,000 species of spiders, many of which kill their prey with venoms that contain hundreds and even thousands of protein molecules, some of which block nerve activity. The scientists focused on 206 species of spider and searched for molecules in the venom that block nerve ac...

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