Australian and Chinese researchers have identified a molecule in centipede venom with the potential to be developed into a painkiller as effective as morphine.
Researchers from The University of Queensland and the Chinese Academy of Sciences studied the venom of the Chinese red-headed centipede in an effort to find better solutions for the 20 per cent of the population who suffer from chronic pain.
Professor Glenn King, from UQ’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience, said the molecule they found blocked the Nav1.7 channel in pain-sensing nerves.
“People without a functioning Nav1.7 channel cannot feel pain, so it’s likely molecules that can block this channel will be powerful painkillers,” Professor King said.
Jason Jones talks to Gina Loudon, conservative analyst.
Scene: dueling press conferences
Setting: Washington, DC
Dramatis personae: NRA/acolytes
President Obama/White House
—Gun wackos: “President Obama hates guns!”
—President Obama: “Actually, I like skeet shooting and do it sometimes at Camp David.”
—Gun wackos: ”Really. Then why haven’t we seen pictures? Press announcements?”
—White House: “Well, since you insist … “
—Gun wackos: “It’s Photoshopped!”