Published On: Thu, Sep 3rd, 2020

Venom from honeybees has been found to rapidly kill aggressive and hard-to-treat breast cancer cells, according to potentially groundbreaking new research : Health

Sigh, this has been known for at least a decade because melittin is pretty good at killing most things. That’s the problem though, it’s not specific enough for most applications, unless your directly injecting it into a tissue you want to destroy.

I remember a study from 2010ish where they microencapsulated it in particles with surface modifications to physically prevent the particles from binding with everything larger than bacteria, which I think is a good example application. Yet here we are in 2020 talking about just naked injections of it. I mean sure chemo is just poison, but I think it’s important to recognize that’s what melittin is too. It is another blunt hammer that may be useful when we need more destruction.

Source MS in tissue engineering