BeeResearchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign say venom from honeybees may block the growth or spread of cancer. A substance called melittin found in the venom prevents cancer cells from multiplying.

The author of the study, Dianjan Pan writes, “We have safely used venom toxins in tiny nanometer-sized particles to treat breast cancer and melanoma cells in the laboratory.” Pan hopes to test the treatment on rats and pigs next before eventually treating human patients.

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