Friday, February 08, 2008

Honeybee Weapon in War on Cancer

By Brandon Keim,, 2/7/2008

Thirty-seven years after Richard Nixon declared war on cancer, we're losing. Billions of research dollars have produced largely incremental improvements in diagnosis and treatment. Cancer kills more Americans than any other disease.

Enter the honeybees.

The honeybees? No, researchers haven't found a beehive-based cure (though major royal jelly, the wondrous protein concoction that turns lowly workers into queens, may have anti-cancer properties.) But bee colonies experience their own type of cancer, and maybe human researchers can learn from their victories…

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