Scientists look to venom to find treatments, painkillers


Researchers are increasingly looking into the potential of using the chemical in plant and animal venom to find safe and effective treatments for humans, such as reverse engineering which cell receptors the venom targets to create painkillers and using venom components to turn off cancer cell production. Current therapeutics are only injectable, and advancement in pill-based drugs would require re-engineering venom peptides to be more absorbent in the blood stream while resistant to breaking down in the digestive system, says Steve Trim, founder of UK-based Venomtech.

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