(NEWSER) – How would you feel if the ER doctor offered you centipede venom for the pain? The idea isn't so farfetched: A new study finds that the venom, which paralyzes prey, may also yield a compound that's more effective than morphine as a painkiller for humans,Smithsonian reports. Why? One of the molecules in the venom from a Chinese red-headed centipede blocks a sodium-ion channel, which in turn can make humans "indifferent to all types of pain," researchers say.
Posted October 4th, 2013 @ 11:36am by Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff