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A molecule of bee venom destroys breast cancer

Once again, the venom of an animal is confirmed as a possible anticancer drug. That is why it…

Once again, the venom of an animal is confirmed as a possible anticancer drug. That is why it is so important to avoid the extinction of plants and animals.

As intelligent and civilized beings that we are, we can find many reasons to prevent the extinction of living beings on our planet. Humanitarian, ethical, compassionate, scientific, social, cultural reasons … but no less important are the reasons associated with sheer survival.

It may seem to us that the extinction of a certain species of plant or spider is not very important, if there are 10 other very similar species. But each of them is unique, and can offer us a substance that no other living being possesses, capable of curing cancer.

Many animal and plant poisons are used as drugs, because they can kill bacteria, viruses, or cancer cells. Scientists from The Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research have discovered a molecule present only in bee venom, which kills breast cancer.

Bee venom has long been used to cure certain types of eczema, and even to treat melanomas. But how it works at the molecular level was not known.

This poison is known to contain a unique substance, the melittin, which is what produces the acute pain when a bee stings us.

There are certain types of breast cancer called TNBC, about 15%, which are very aggressive, and have poor treatment. Your cancer cells have high amounts of a molecule called EGFR, which is less present in healthy cells. Australian institute scientists have found that melittin acts on…

Kim Diaz

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