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Old 07-30-2010, 02:42 PM
 
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New Pain Pills Made From Sea-Snail Spit Could Be More Powerful than Morphine | Popular Science

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Chemicals from sea snail saliva can be made into pain pills that work as well as morphine, but without the risk of addiction, a new study says
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Snails' saliva contains conotoxins, which are peptide toxins that interrupt various biological functions.
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Craik's team used a string of six amino acids to tie the peptide together, because the amino acids don't interfere with the peptide's function. When the team tested it in rats, they found even a tiny dose was as potent as gabapentin, the most popular drug for neuropathic pain.
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