Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Bee Venom Destroys HIV and Spares Surrounding Cells

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - NANOPARTICLES containing bee venom toxin melittin can destroy human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) while at the same time leaving surrounding cells unharmed, scientists from Washington University School of Medicine reported in the March 2013 issue of Antiviral Therapy. The researchers said that their finding is a major step toward creating a vaginal gel that can prevent HIV spread. HIV is the virus that causes AIDS.
Joshua L. Hood, MD, PhD, a research instructor in medicine, said:
“Our hope is that in places where HIV is running rampant, people could use this gel as a preventive measure to stop the initial infection.” Melittin destroys some viruses and malignant tumor cells Melittin is a powerful toxin found in bee venom. It can poke holes in the protective viral envelope that surrounds the human immunodeficiency virus, as well as other viruses…

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