Deadly Venoms Help Rather Than Hurt

Venomous critters may inspire the next generation of painkillers.

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Biochemist Glenn King spends his days getting up close and personal with the creatures that make us shudder: spiders, centipedes and scorpions. He’s collecting their often-deadly venoms to find the perfect painkiller. King, a researcher at the University of Queensland in Australia, studies the neurotoxins that allow these creatures to paralyze and kill their prey. The toxins shut down a channel on the membranes of different types of neurons. In humans, the same mechanism that spells doom ...
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