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Chemical ecology of pain

The venom of the Texas coral snake causes excruciating pain. The discovery of the venom's pain-inducing component opens up opportunities for studying predator–prey interactions and for pain research. See Letter p.410

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Figure 1: Painful bite.


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Olivera, B., Teichert, R. Chemical ecology of pain. Nature 479, 306–307 (2011).

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