Monday, July 16, 2007

Powerful New Poison found in Deadly Sea Snails

Spies with a penchant for exotic poisons can add a new one to their list – snail venom. For more than 23 years, Professor Baldomero M. Olivera has been studying snail venom. This week, his team at the University of Utah reported their discovery of a completely unique neurotoxin in Conus parius, a mollusk that hunts along the coast in the Philippines. Cone snail venoms are more than an elaborate tool for assassination. In 2004, one of those toxins was approved by the FDA to treat chronic pain. Some day, they may be used to treat a variety of neurological disorders including Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

1 comment:

Gledwood said...

Hey I've heard about those deadly seasnails before... and seen one lance a goldfish ... wow! It was dead as a dodo literally in 2 seconds!
Hey I'm just passing at random!
Great blog! I'm going to add you to my links as I love animal stuff.
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