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Spider venom may hold chemical keys to new painkillers

(Reporting by Kate Kelland, editing by Ralph Boulton)

(Reuters) – Scientists who analyzed countless chemicals in spider venom say they have identified seven compounds that block a key step in the body’s ability to pass pain signals to the brain.

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Part of the search for new pain killing drugs has focused on the world’s 45,000 species of spiders, many of which kill their prey with venoms that contain hundreds and even thousands of protein molecules, some of which block nerve activity.

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