‘oven mitt’ gene may be the key to new drugs for pain management

Written by Courtney Johnson

A new study, carried out at Indiana University (IN, USA), has indicated that a number of genes present in both Drosophila and humans play a role in pain sensation, opening up potential new avenues for novel drug targets for pain management. The findings were published in Cell Reports. “Our study is the first to thoroughly assess the function of a large set of genes expressed at high levels in nociceptive neurons, the nerves responsible for the sensation of pain in humans,” Daniel Tracey (Indiana University), lead author, commented. “It represents a significant step forward in the field of nociception and...

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