Tarantula Painkillers

By Preston Hart, Talon Staff writer

Tarantulas are one of my favorite things in the world. Now their venom is being used for painkillers. Yale University researchers found that a specific protein in the venom of the Peruvian Green Velvet Tarantula that blocks activity in nerve cells that transmit pain. In their process of finding this venom Yale researchers screened more than 100 spider toxins. They say the process they used to identify this protein could also search for millions of different spider toxins and lead to the development of other new pain medications.

“The likelihood is that within the vast diversity of spider toxins we will find others that are active against other channels important for pain,” senior study author Michael Nitabach said in a Yale news release. The good thing about the tarantula toxin is that it blocks only the pain channels in your body and nothing else. We may be using tarantula poison painkillers very soon! Spider venom is not the only venom that is used for medicine. Snake venom is also used for an anti venom for a person that was bitten from a poisonous snake.

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