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Toxicon. 2001 Oct;39(10):1447-51.

Cone venom--from accidental stings to deliberate injection.

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Departments of Psychiatry and Biology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, 84112, USA.


Cone snails have long been of note due to their colorful shells and deadly venom. Over the years, a number of people who have encountered these molluscs have been injured or killed by their sting. Biochemical analysis of the venom components has revealed a plethora of peptides and proteins that target a variety of receptors and ion channels. Pharmaceutical companies are now utilizing the selectivity and potency of Conus-derived peptides to develop novel medications for pain, epilepsy and other disorders.

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