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An unruly painkiller is tamed with inspiration from nature

Transmission electron micrograph of a section through a sciatic nerve.

The sciatic nerve (artificially coloured). A molecule that controls the release of the painkiller tetrodotoxin can have a long-lasting anaesthetic effect on the nerve. Credit: Steve Gschmeissner/Science Photo Library

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Nature 597, 450 (2021)



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    Ji, T. et al. Nature Biomed. Eng. (2021).

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