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New potentially painkilling compound found in deep-water cone snails

Apr 07, 2022
A marine cone snail uses the "taser and tether" hunting strategy. Credit: Helena Safavi.

“We have to broaden the scope of what we expect that these venomous animals make, assuming that they could really be making anything,” says Helena Safavi-Hemami, an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Utah and associate professor at the University of Copenhagen.  “We should look very broadly and keep an open eye for completely new compounds.”