The fanged fish's heroin-like venom could lead to pain treatments. | Bryan Fry
Animals

Heroin-like Venom From This Fanged Fish Could Bring New Painkillers

A timid tropical fish's numbing bite may spur the creation of tomorrow's pain treatments, but its coral reef habitats are under threat.

Published On 03/30/2017
9:00 AM EDT
A venomous fang blenny, Meiacanthus nigrolineatus, swimming in the Red Sea. | Richard Smith/OceanRealmImages
The venomous fang blenny Meiacanthus kamoharai swimming. | Patrick Randall/Creative Commons