Tarantulas in Scientific Research

 Does a Tarantula's Hearbeat in Double Time?
 Excerpt from the article at BBC Nature: 


Researchers from Edinburgh University used MRI scanners at the Glasgow Experimental MRI centre.

These were previously used to allow scientists to examine rodents for medical research in an non-invasive way.

But by applying them to spiders, the researchers could also explore the inner workings of the large arachnid.

Tarantula Venom: It's a Good Thing
In recent years scientists have made great strides in uncovering the fascinating and beneficial effects tarantula venom can have for the human population. Far from being a deadly substance, tarantula venom is now known to have the potential for amazing curative powers.

Help for Muscular Dystrophy, Just For Starters

Dr. Frederich Sachs, who is a researcher at the University of Buffalo, has made an amazing discovery. A certain peptide found in tarantula venom may have a positive effect on Muscular Dystrophy.

Drug made from tarantula venom receives FDA orphan designation

Other Potential Uses include inhibiting atrial fibrillation, help for neuropathic pain, and even Parkinson's Disease. Perhaps one of the most interesting facts is that there seems to be little to no side effects noted.

Insight Into Pain Receptors

Pain-Sensation Research Leads to 2010 Passano Award

David Julius, PhD, a UCSF biochemist and molecular biologist, at the University of California San Francisco is studying the behavior of pain pathways through the use of natural molecules, including those from tarantula venom. 

Pain-Sensation Research Leads to 2010 Passano Award for Julius | www.ucsf.edu

There appears to be much more to discover about these previously unforeseen benefits from out relationship with tarantulas.

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