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How honeybee venom can cure deadly breast cancer cells

by | Sep 3, 2020 | ARTICLES, HEALTH EDUCATION | 0 comments

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Image of honeybees. Honeybee venom has been found to kill deadly breast cancer cells in a body in a recent study. Image by PollyDot from Pixabay

Health Education: How honeybee venom can cure deadly breast cancer cells in the body

A single concentrated dose of the honeybee venoms was discovered to have the ability to kill deadly cancer cells within one hour with very negligible harm to other healthy cells

Australian scientists used 300 honeybee venom and bumblebee extracted samples extracted to conduct the research which proved to be exceptionally effective

 

Honeybee venom has been found to kill deadly breast cancer cells in a body in a recent study according to a report.

This was discovered by Australian scientists conducting research at Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research in Western Australia. The Australian scientists discovered the particular venom to have anti-cancer properties even for other types of cancer such as melanoma.

Over 300 honeybees and bumblebees extracted for venom were used in the laboratory tests. The laboratory tests demonstrated an interesting discovery whereby the honeybee venom, which contains a compound called melittin, was used on two cancer types, triple-negative and HER2-enriched and the honeybee sample extract proved to be exceptionally effective. These cancer cell types are notorious for their resistance in responding to treatment and can be deemed highly destructive to body cells.

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The Australian researchers found that the melittin compound, when used on its own, was effective in throwing off growth of cancer cells.

A single concentrated dose of the honeybee venoms was discovered to have the ability to kill cancer cells within one hour with very negligible harm to other healthy cells. However, other dosage levels administered showed increased toxicity in healthy cells.

Melittin is a naturally-occurring venom in honeybees but a synthetic version of it can be competently produced

Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) is one of the most deadly types of carcinoma and is linked to 10-15% of breast cancers. Surgery, radiotherapy, and chemotherapy are typically used for treatment for the disease.

Professor Peter Klinken, Western Australia’s chief scientist said that the study significantly demonstrated how melittin obstructs with signaling pathways within breast cancer cells to reduce cell replication.

Their studies were published on Tuesday and can be viewed on the peer-shared website journal Nature Precision Oncology. However, as much as the recent discovery has brought on excitement for the research team, the scientists are still on the side of caution as their findings still require further testing.

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Written by Ekene Ifechukwu

Ekene Ifechukwu is an education writer. He has over 7 years of experience in teaching and tutoring. He has taught in primary and secondary schools. He has affection for training children and young people. He aims at improving other people's lives through education.

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