Black Mamba’s Deadly Venom Potent Painkiller

The venom of Africa’s lethal black mamba could be the key to producing a painkiller as potent as morphine but with fewer unwanted side-effects. Scientists were able to isolate pain-relieving proteins called mambalgins from the snake’s venom and found them to be an effective painkiller in mice. Humans and mice have fairly similar pain pathways, leading researchers to believe that mambalgins would produce a similar effect if administered to people. More…

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