While we are revising the genes of Conus shells we need to do something about their venom. They secrete a blend of simple peptide conotoxins which target multiple neurotransmitter pathways to anesthetise and tranquilise their victims. The blend varies from species to species, and within each species, their genes reshuffling to come up with new neurotoxins each season. As any fule kno, Olivera and Cruz (2001) introduced the term "nirvana cabal":
Conchopharmacologists have been promising the immanent arrival of medically-useful conotoxins, Just Around the Next Corner, for a couple of decades now, but so far the only one approved is synthetic ω-conotoxin as a painkiller... one with limited applications (because it must be injected directly into the
'milk' the molluscs into condoms:
UPDATE: Must belatedly recognise B4's journalistic priority in cone-shell toxicology and taxonomy.