Severe Pain Relief With Spider Venom Could Reduce Opoid Epidemic

University of Queensland researchers have designed a new tarantula venom mini-protein that can potentially relieve severe pain without addiction. A mini-protein in tarantula venom from the Chinese bird spider, known as Huwentoxin-IV, binds to pain receptors in the body.

Tests in mouse models and shown to work effectively.

This could help with the Opoid epidemic.

Journal of Biological Chemistry – Manipulation of a spider peptide toxin alters its affinity for lipid bilayers and potency and selectivity for voltage-gated sodium channel subtype 1.7