Honeybee poison kills breast cancer cells
Researchers in Western Australia have revealed that European honeybee poison can be “remarkably effective” in killing hard-to-treat breast cancer cells.
The study, conducted by the Harry Perkins Institute for Medical Research, used the poison from 312 honey-producing bees and humane bee to verify their anti-cancer properties.
The team concluded that bee venom not only kills negative triple breast cancer cells and fertilized breast cancer cells, but does so with a concentration that does not harm normal cells.
Triple negative breast cancer accounts for 10-15% of all breast cancers, according to the Institute. There are currently no clinically effective targeted treatments for this type of cancer.
“The poison was very strong,” ciara Duffy, lead researcher, said in a post on the institute’s website on Wednesday. “We found that two melanocytes (found in bee venom) can completely destroy cancer cell membranes within 60 minutes.”
Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among women around the world.