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A cure for HIV has eluded scientists since the virus was first discovered in the early 1980s, but researchers at Washington University believe that bee venom could provide a successful treatment. The venom that bees carry contains a toxin called melittin that can penetrate the protective envelope surrounding HIV. The team used nanoparticles carrying melittin to successfully destroy HIV without harming nearby cells, which represents a potentially huge breakthrough in the ongoing effort to find a cure.

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  1. julianna kenny June 8, 2013 at 2:53 am

    bee venom is already used for auto immune disease like arthritis , in the USA. it is anti inflammatory even though the sting causes inflammation around the site .. but it is very sad so many bee colonies are dying ‘inexplicably’ if it is such a potent medicine.

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