Saturday, 11 June 2016

Spider Toxins Light Up Pain Paths

New venom compounds could one day help brain disorder

giant tarantula from Africa has become the latest poisonous critter that scientists believe may hold the key to possible treatments for human neurological disorders that could be controlled with compounds the spider makes to kill its prey.
This week researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, published a study where they isolated two compounds that activate one of the nine pain pathways that connect our nerve cells to our brain.These pain pathways are really sodium channels that control the flow of ions and electrical energy.

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