Capnellene isthe name for a new smack hitting the streets (of medical trials) with the potential to be the next “Special K”. We’ve all probably heard that the animals living in coral reefs are the new frontier in biochemical research. Corals and sponges in particular harbor many bio-active compounds which they use to protect themselves since corals and sponges cannot run away from their predators. Capnellene is a new chemical which was isolated from compounds found in the Kenya tree soft coral, Capnella imbricata. Capnellene seems to affect the tissues surroundings nerve cells in a way that has been shown to reduce pain in “promising early trial results in rats” and it seems to be particularly effective at reducing neuropathic pain. Full story on BBC News website. Photo from FlickR photo user David Vize.