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The poison of tarantulas is the strongest anesthetic that is not addictive

Australian scientists have finally found a useful application for the poisonous spiders that inhabit this continent. They have developed a new type of anesthetic that has a strong effect. But more importantly, it is not a traditional medical opioid and is therefore not addictive.



The University of Queensland has been experimenting with spider poison for years. For example, in 2017, a team led by Professor Glenn King isolated a specific peptide from the spider poison, which reduces brain damage from stroke.

The new painkiller is derived from the poison of the Chinese tarantula spider Haplopelma Schmidti, which is extremely toxic. This allows you to create from the material of one person a lot of doses of the drug, because it requires a negligible amount of active ingredient. But in the future, Australians promise to be patriotic and return to the local fauna.

From the poison of this representative of tarantulas scientists have identified a special protein Huwentoxin-IV, which is able to bind to the pain receptors in the body of animals. The protein blocks their work, reduces the response to an attack and allows the spider to calmly kill their victims. If you stop at the first stage and reduce the dosage, you get a very effective painkiller, which is already tested on mice. As scientists thought, this drug has no side effects, including the risk of addiction. Work on a commercial version of the anesthetic will begin soon.

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