18 Mar '13, 1pm

Vaginal gel loaded with bee venom may destroy HIV!

Vaginal gel loaded with bee venom may destroy HIV!

Db Duo Photography /CC BY-SA 2.0 Here's yet another reason that it's dumb to stab bees in the back . It turns out bee venom may help fight HIV. Scientists at Washington University in St. Louis have developed nanoparticles loaded with bee venom that could help destroy HIV cells. The idea is that these nanoparticles would be delivered using a vaginal gel, destroying the HIV virus before it has a chance to cause infection. Of course the idea of applying bee venom to your nether regions might be a hard sell, but scientists say that the tiny size of the HIV virus means it can be singled out for attack, avoiding damage to healthy cells: The new study shows that melittin loaded onto these nanoparticles does not harm normal cells. That’s because Hood added protective bumpers to the nanoparticle surface. When the nanoparticles come into contact with normal cells, which are much lar...

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