Harvard: Anthrax is a toxic and deadly substance released from a dangerous bacterium, but experiments on mice have now shown that it can cause a variety of pain and suffering.
Bacillus anthracis is a microscopic bacterium found in soil and other organisms. These small rod-shaped bacteria can kill a healthy person in hours by infecting them with a life-threatening infection. That is why anthrax is considered one of the most dangerous “biological weapons” in the world.
Research has shown that toxic compounds in anthrax alter pain signals, which can reduce or eliminate excruciating pain. They can affect the central nervous system. The study, by Harvard Medical School scientists, was published on December 20.
The researchers tested the anthrax toxin on different molecules by placing it on different molecules and on the nerve cells (neurons) that carry pain sensations to the brain. In this way the path of the neural signals from the neuron changed and the pain began to decrease. Earlier, a modified form of anthrax was also used for cancer therapy.
However, as a painkiller, this method is still in its infancy. But scientists have certainly considered the role of microscopic organisms (micro-names) in the nervous and immune systems, but the test on humans is still a long way off.
Research has shown that sensory neurons are heard by anthrax. These nerves are in the ganglia from which pain signals are emitted and make us restless. But the proteins of anthrax bacteria alter the entire signaling system in a complex way. In this way the feeling of pain is lessened and almost disappears.
After rats, anthrax has also been tested on human brain cells in the Petri dish, with encouraging results.