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Tarantula toxins may help treat pain in many conditions

(UPI) Two toxins found in the potent venom of a West African tarantula may hold to key to more specific pain control in a varied list of conditions, according to a new study.
Researchers at the University of California San Francisco found the toxins while screening poisons from a wide variety of spiders, scorpions, and centipedes, and found in lab experiments the tarantula's toxins activate a specific pathway in cells that was not previously known to be involved in the sensation of pain.
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