A University of Queensland researcher has made a big step toward the holy grail of biomedical science — a new form of effective pain relief.
“Translating the venom’s toxins into a viable drug has proved difficult,” Dr Clark said.
“But now we’ve been able to identify a core component of one of these conotoxins (toxins from cone snail venom) during laboratory tests.
“We think this will make it much easier to translate the active ingredient into a useful drug.”
Dr Clark said a sea snail used its venom to immobilise prey and protect itself.