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'Scientists have uncovered the structure of the molecule that senses capsaicin'

zippo | Feb 27, 201412:14 PM


Capsaicin seems to skirt the line between pain, pleasure and relief. The compound is found in an array of playfully named hot sauces — “congealed dragon’s blood” ranks third on ChilliWorld’s top-10 list of hottest hot sauces — as well as in over-the-counter pain ointments. Julius theorizes that after triggering an initial burning sensation, capsaicin can have the longer-term effect of desensitizing the TRPV1 channel, as well as the nerve fiber at large, silencing these pain sensing nerves.

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