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Bee Venom Creates Buzz in Cancer Research
- Updated: August 13, 2014
Researchers claim to have found a safe way to use venom to cure cancer, they have found a way to extract the venom peptides and proteins which can be used to target the malignant cells and not harm the healthy cells, this can result in the venom being used to treat the affected cells and not harming the healthy cells.
Dipanjan Pan who is a study author at University of Illinois said in a statement, we have used venom in a safe way using tiny particles of nanometer size to treat breast cancer and melanoma cells in a controlled laboratory. The affected cells which in the usual course are difficult to separate from the healthy cells, using these particles can be targeted without harming the healthy cells. Thus the whole process also keeps the patient safe from the effects of toxins which would otherwise harm a person in normal conditions.
Previously studies have established the proteins and peptides found in venoms of snakes, scorpions and bees have the ability of attaching themselves to the affected cells in a person’s body and restricting the growth of cancer cells, thereby avoiding the spread of cancer.
Despite the advancement in the use of venoms the scientists are still not close to making the use of venoms to create an effective anti cancer drug, they feel the injection of venom is likely to cause side effects which could include serious effects to heart muscles and nerve cells, the venom injection may also lead to unnecessary clotting and internal bleeding.
But the recent research has helped scientist analyze a substance Melittin which is found in bee venom, artificially synthesized Melittin can be closely integrated with nano particles to effectively treat cancer cells and don’t cause side effects when contacted with blood stream.
The scientists feel this is an amazing advancement in the field of cancer research.