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Molecules from the venom of one of the world’s largest spiders could help University of Queensland-led researchers tailor pain blockers for people with irritabl…

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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Sep 21 2020
Molecules from the venom of one of the world’s largest spiders could help University of Queensland-led researchers tailor pain blockers for people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Researchers screened 28 spiders, with the venom of the Venezuelan Pinkfoot Goliath tarantula – which has a leg-span of up to 30 centimetres – showing the most promise.
The team led by Professor Richard Lewis from UQ’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience in collaborati…

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