Posts Tagged ‘anaesthetic peptides’

Novel pain and haematology tools from Vampire snails

New pharmacological tools from a haematophagus (Vampire) snail, Colubraria reticulata, have been discovered. these include anaesthetic peptides, haemostasis inhibitors and vasoconstriction modulators see paper. The authors note that fish appear to be semi anaethetised when the snail is in close proximity and this enables the snail to extend it’s probosis and collect the fishes blood.

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