Researchers develop safer opioid painkiller from scratch

Brian Shoichet, PhD, professor of pharmaceutical chemistry in the UCSF School of Pharmacy, is co-senior author of a study published in Nature that used the newly deciphered atomic structure of the brain’s “morphine receptor” to custom engineer a novel drug candidate that blocked pain as effectively as morphine in mouse experiments but did not share the potentially deadly side effects typical of opioid drugs.


Researchers develop safer opioid painkiller from scratch



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