21. 02. 2017
The scientists from the United States of America found that the venom of snail-cones can be used as an excellent analgesic.
These shellfish live near the coasts of the Caribbean islands. They use a toxic substance to paralyze their prey and later to kill it.
The experiment was performed on rats. The experts found that the analgesic effect in rodents kept for about three days.
The scientists believe that it is possible to create a cure that will help to critically ill patients. It will act as an anesthetic.
Modern drugs are preferably fabricated using substances which badly affect the central nervous system. They dull the pain but destroy the nerve cells.
Rg1A component, which is in the venom of snail-cones, operates on a different principle. In addition, this substance is not addictive, in contrast to opioid analgesics.