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Could Black Mamba Snake Venom Replace Morphine?

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Could Black Mamba Snake Venom Replace Morphine?

The venom from one of the world’s most venomous snakes could be the key to a new breed of painkiller, a new study says.

Pain-relieving compounds—called mambalgins—isolated from the venom of Africa’s black mamba snake are as strong as some opiates, including morphine, without the risk of respiratory distress and other side effects common with pain-reducing drugs.

“It’s remarkable that this was made possible from the deadly venom of one of the most venomous snakes,” said study leader Anne Baron, of France’s Institute of Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology.

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