Issue Date: June 2, 2014
Antibody Stifles Pain And Itch
An antibody developed by a research team at Duke University Medical Center not only suppresses the agony of pain, it also quells the irritation of itch in laboratory mice (Cell 2014, DOI: 10.1016/j.cell.2014.03.064). The two-for-one treatment works its magic by binding to a voltage-gated ion channel, dubbed Nav1.7, that scientists previously thought is responsible only for pain sensing.
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