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August 13th, 2009

Bee sting toxin harnessed to kill tumour cells

Abstract:
US scientists have isolated the toxin in bee venom and attached it to tiny nanospheres designed to target tumour cells.

These so-called 'nanobees' allow the bee toxin, melittin, to be delivered directly to the tumour so that it targets cancer cells and does not harm surrounding healthy tissue.

"This research is an example of how nanoparticles could be used to deliver drugs directly to cancer cells without harming healthy cells. But so far this work has only been done in mice, and will need to be proven to be both safe and effective in humans before it could ever be used to treat cancer."

Source:
cancerresearchuk.org

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