Toxin in bee venom kills HIV virus, researchers say

03/7/2013 | St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Melittin, the toxic component of bee venom, penetrates HIV and other viruses, essentially killing the pathogens, say researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. They hitched melittin to nanoparticles with molecular stop gaps that prevent damage to healthy cells. Used in a vaginal gel, the toxin could prevent HIV transmission, and researchers hope the findings could be used to treat other infections.

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