Deadly animals helping us understand pain

30 June 2016

Toxins from snakes, spiders, jellyfish and scorpions are helping scientists to better understand how pain works, with the hope of managing chronic pain more effectively.

Pain comes in many forms, requiring different treatments and often making it difficult to manage.

Many painkillers have negative side effects including addiction, and for some the painkillers don’t even work.

IMB's Dr Irina Vetter is looking at the pathways that are affected when the body is exposed to toxins from venomous animals, and the genetic changes associated with the pain they cause.

Read the full story via Stories of Australian Science.