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Medical treatments for cancer and addiction may one day come from cone snail venom

While considered a delicacy in some parts of the world, snails have found a more intriguing use to scientists and the offering a plethora of . 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.

Live Conus Regius
in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science at holds a live Conus regius, a particular species of collected by the Marí group at the Florida Keys.
Credit:Professor Anton Oleinik


The study was done in collaboration with ’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.

Florida Atlantic University