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Could venomous snails be part of the solution to the opioid epidemic?

The search for new painkillers has led scientists to the depths of the ocean — with surprising results

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Nature has long been a source of pain relievers. The Ebers Papyrus, one of the oldest known medical texts, recommended the use of myrtle leaves to treat joint ache. Photo courtesy of Jeff Dahl/Wikimedia Commons

One major challenge for scientists is figuring out which of the thousands of different venom molecules might make suitable drug targets.

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