Can bees poison cure breast cancer?

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Under certain conditions, honeybees’ venom is able to destroy cancer cells.

The journal Nature recently published that researchers from Australia successfully treated aggressive breast cancer cells with bee venom from honey bees in a study. The substance melittin contained in the poison was successful in the treatment against two types of cancer cells, which were previously difficult to treat.

In this study, it was found that a low concentration of the bees’ venom kills cancer cells within an hour, as reported by the BBC. In contrast, other cells are only minimally damaged. The toxicity only increases with higher doses. However, according to the scientists, further studies are necessary in order to use these findings in cancer therapy on humans. 

Source: Deutschlandfunk

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