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Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 16, 2012 1:01 pm

Cone snails are medium-sized to large, sophisticated predatory sea snails. These snails hunt and immobilize prey using a modified radular tooth along with a poison gland containing neurotoxins which is launched out of its mouth in a harpoon-like action.
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Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 16, 2012 1:02 pm


Live cone snails should be handled with care or not handled at all, as they are capable of “stinging” humans with unpleasant results.

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Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 16, 2012 1:04 pm

The sting of small cones is no worse than a bee sting, but the sting of a few of the larger species of tropical cone snails can be serious or even fatal to human beings.

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Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 16, 2012 1:06 pm

The sting of small cones is no worse than a bee sting, but the sting of a few of the larger species of tropical cone snails can be serious or even fatal to human beings.

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Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 16, 2012 1:08 pm

The venom of some cone snails, such as the Magician cone, Conus magus, shows much promise for providing a non-addictive pain reliever 1000 times as powerful as, and possibly a replacement for, morphine.

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Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 16, 2012 1:10 pm

The first painkiller Ziconotide derived from cone snail toxins was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in December 2004 under the name “Prialt”.

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Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 16, 2012 1:11 pm

Other drugs are in clinical and preclinical trials, such as compounds of the toxin that may be used in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and epilepsy.


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