“Combining that technology, we are now getting a lot of surprises,” said Queensland’s Professor Alewood. “We’re finding there’s probably not 100 but more like 10,000 components.”

He also said that these new painkiller molecules could give way to the development of new medication that could be employed in treating severe pain caused by damage to the nerves or diabetes. Furthermore, it seems that the molecule pallet that they have discovered could even be effective in cancer treatment.

This study is only the initial stage of the development of such drugs, but it has provided valuable information regarding a new source for new generation medication. The venom of other species of animals might be researched using the new techniques employed by the  University of Queensland, so that in the future even more new molecules could be discovered.
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