Cone snails are extremely venomous, but researchers are trying to tap into the power behind their toxins for the benefit of human medicine. And new research has shown that a compound isolated from cone snails has had a ‘sandman’ effect in the laboratory: it puts mice to sleep!
When injected into mice, this toxin put the animals to sleep for several hours. Past research has shown that cone snail toxins may be able to be used to develop a new drug to help humans suffering from chronic pain, and now, it’s possible that scientists may be able to work with this toxin to develop drugs to help treat sleep disorders.
It’s pretty amazing to see the results of research with animals. While there are many steps involved before a potential drug could be used on humans, let’s keep our fingers crossed for this one! Read more about this research here.