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Centipede Venom Better Than Morphine: Study

Centipede Venom Better Than Morphine: Study
Posted October 4th, 2013 @ 12:36pm by Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff

(NEWSER– How would you feel if the ER doctor offered you centipede venom for the pain? The idea isn't so farfetched: A new study finds that the venom, which paralyzes prey, may also yield a compound that's more effective than morphine as a painkiller for humans,Smithsonian reports. Why? One of the molecules in the venom from a Chinese red-headed centipede blocks a sodium-ion channel, which in turn can make humans "indifferent to all types of pain," researchers say.

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