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Tidbits on Tarantula bites and fiery Pepper sensations!

by Monisha on  November 10, 2006 at 7:32 PM Research News   - G J E 4
Tidbits on Tarantula bites and fiery Pepper sensations!
In a recent study that was published by scientists from UCSF a leading university that advances health worldwide by conducting advanced biomedical research it was established that the same nerves are sensitized when tarantula venom is introduced to mice as hot chili peppers when fed to them.
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This experiment throws interestingly proves that the defensive mechanism of some animals and plants are quite similar in warding off a predator by triggering pain. The research aids understanding of the pathway of pain and expounds that new drugs to treat persistent pain can be evolved based on these new intriguing findings which has been reported by the online journal Nature.

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The tarantula venom and fiery chili pepper targets the same heat sensor on nerve cells. The researchers examined over 22 spiders and scorpions which cause pain.Venom from tarantula activated the capsaicin receptor a heat sensor on nerve cells.

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