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Ziconotide-A Powerful Analgesic from Cone Snail Venom

What is Conotoxin

The search for new & better drugs for treating infectious diseases, cancer & other ailments is never ending.  Most people are not aware that the richest & often only sources of new compounds are of biological origin. This can include fungi, plants & surprisingly, a wide range of marine organisms. Of these, some of the most interesting come from snails, in particular from the genus Conus. In this article, we give a brief description of this gastropod mollusc and the drug Prialt (Ziconotide) that was produced from its venom.

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