Next generation techniques provide clues for anaesthesia breakthrough
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have declared a breakthrough within the field of anaesthesia with the development of the first new technique since the 1970s for identifying potential compounds that may lead to the next generation of anaesthetic drugs.
“The anaesthetics identified by this approach require further development before they can be considered for use [in the operating theatre],” said lead author Roderic Eckenhoff of the Perelman School of Medicine at Penn. “However, the study results show that novel anaesthetics do exist.”
Eckenhoff and colleagues began their search for new drugs with the observation that in recent years most new drugs have come about as modifications of existing chemical structures. To discover truly novel drugs, they…
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