Synthetic Botox treats pain in mice

Commonly used to treat fine lines and wrinkles, Botox, also known as botulinum toxin, could also possibly be used to relieve pain. As reported in STAT, scientists used the botulinum toxin to develop two molecules, SP-BOT and Derm-BOT. Both targeted nerve cells in mice, leading to pain relief that lasted for 23 days. Reported in Science Translational Medicine, these new molecules could eventually replace opioid drugs as a more safe and effective way to ease pain.

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