U Of U Gets Grant To Research Unusual Painkiller Substitute

November 29, 2017
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(Salt Lake City, UT)  Researchers at the University of Utah have received a 10 million dollar federal grant to investigate a safer alternative to opioid painkillers.  Scientists believe venom from marine snails could be used as a substitute for drugs like morphine and oxycodone.  The say the snails’ venom is used to stun and consume prey, but research found that chemicals in the venom were effective painkillers as well.  Scientists are now working to see if they can create a synthetic version of the venom that could be used in pain treatment.  

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