Sunday, February 26, 2012
Hannah Busch, Fraser Coast Chronicle, 2/24/2012
FORMER Urangan High School student Karina Hamilton has once again forged ahead in the science world after taking out a prestigious government grant worth $75,000 to study if bee sap can heal wounds.
The 21-year-old won the grant from the National Health and Medical Research Council to undertake a three-year study.
Ms Hamilton will try to determine the anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties of propolis from native Australian stingless bees.
Bees collect sap from trees and buds before returning to the hive to mix it with pollen or wax to create propolis.
"So far, no one has looked at the propolis from the Australian native bee.
"So we are hoping to discover that it has similar healing abilities (to other bee propolis)," Ms Hamilton said.
During the study, propolis from hives in the field will be applied to human cells such as white blood cells…