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Rodent immune to scorpion venom could lead to new painkillers


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When the grasshopper mouse attacks a bark scorpion, it barely notices the arachnid's intensely painful sting. Now researchers know why: the rodents have a mutation in the cellular pathway that controls their pain response, making them resistant to scorpion venom.

 

The finding, published today in Science1, suggests a potential target for researchers trying to develop pain-relieving drugs. β€œIt’s a nice, complete study β€” from behaviour right down to the molecule that explains the behaviour,” says Ewan Smith, a neuroscientist at the University of Cambridge, UK, who was not involved with the research.

 

http://www.nature.co...n-venom-1.14014






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