Toxins in tarantula bites could lead to new drugs for everything from IBS to #Alzheimer’s | #epilepsy #autism

Originally posted 2016-06-10 06:20:22.

The venom carried by the Togo starburst tarantula (pictured), also known as Heteroscodra maculata, contains toxics that appear to activate a unique pain pathway in nerve cells. This could lead to new treatments to combat chronic pain conditions and even diseases like irritable bowel syndrome, epilepsy and autism

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