Navy doctors and corpsmen are shown administering morphine and dressings to wounded marines at a first aid station in Iwo Jima, Japan at the end of the second world war. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Morphine? Nope. Centipede venom a much less addictive way to kill pain, says Chinese team after some impressive reverse-engineering

Scientists say a compound in the Chinese red-headed centipede can turn pain on and off like a switch, and it isn’t addictive like morphine.

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Navy doctors and corpsmen are shown administering morphine and dressings to wounded marines at a first aid station in Iwo Jima, Japan at the end of the second world war. Photo: SCMP Pictures
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