While considered a delicacy in some parts of the world, snails have found a more intriguing use to scientists and the medical profession offering a plethora of research possibilities. Cone snails are marine mollusks, just as conch, octopi and squid, but they capture their prey using venom. The venom of these marine critters provides leads for detection and possible treatment of some cancers and addictions.
Professor Frank Marí in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science at Florida Atlantic University holds a live Conus regius, a particular species of cone snail collected by the Marí group at the Florida Keys.
Credit:Professor Anton Oleinik
The study was done in collaboration with Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology’s Professor David Adams and Dr. Richard Clark from University of Queensland, Australia.
The research was supported by Australian Research Council and the National Institutes of Health funding.