Summary #954

Opioid alternative discovered in mud

imb.uq.edu.au
  • Lucky find leads scientists to a new type of molecule: bilaids.
  • They’re similar to endomorphins (they activate opioid receptors to relieve pain).
  • After chemical modifications, researchers arrived at bilorphin, which is as powerful as morphine.
  • Due to its’ unique characteristics, it could be an opioid alternative without the negative side-effects of opioids.
  • Also, since this new molecule was found in mud fungi, it might be a good idea to look for other unknown molecules in mud all over the world.

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