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How Does The Bite Of A Small Texas Snake Cause Extreme Pain?
2011-11-17 14:12:42

Examining venom from a variety of poisonous snakes, a group of researchers at the University of California, San Francisco has discovered why the bite of one small black, yellow and red serpent called the Texas coral snake can be so painful. The finding offers insights into chronic and acute pain — and provides new research tools that may help pharmaceutical companies design drugs to combat pain. The venom contains a toxic mixture of chemicals that includes two special proteins...

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2011-08-04 05:50:00

Researchers have discovered the genetic pathway that allows vampire bats to identify the "hot spots" in their prey that are most likely to contain ample amounts of blood, according to a new study published Wednesday. Biologists have long known that bats can detect blood vessels from up to 8 inches away, but it was unclear how they did it fast enough to strike and retreat without alerting their prey. Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco and Instituto Venezolano de...

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2010-03-15 14:30:00

Scientists reported on Sunday that some snakes can detect the faint body heat from prey three feet away with enough precision and speed to hunt in the dark. Scientists have known for decades that rattlesnakes, boas and pythons have pit organs between their eye and nostril to sense infrared radiation in their environment. The western diamondback rattlesnake is in a league of its own by having the ability to heat-seek up to 10 times more precisely than any of its relatives. The snake has...

2009-07-27 04:00:00

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., July 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Solace Pharmaceuticals, a private biotechnology company discovering and developing innovative treatments for pain, announced that David Julius, PhD, professor and chair of the department of physiology at the University of California, San Francisco, and a leading pioneer in the pathophysiology of pain, has joined Solace's scientific advisory board. "We admire Professor Julius' pioneering research in the biology of pain and welcome his...


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  • The navel or umbilicus.
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