Bee venom component might offer HIV protection

Delivering toxin in nanoparticles stops virus in lab study

By Nathan Seppa, 10:05 AM March 15, 2013

A component of bee venom packaged in super-tiny blobs can knock out HIV, a new study finds. Researchers testing the delivery system in lab dishes report that these nanoparticles attach to and destroy the virus without damaging cells, offering an early glimpse of a technology that might — with a lot more testing — prevent HIV infection in some people.

“This is definitely a novel approach,” says Antony Gomes, a physiologist at the University of Calcutta in India, who studies the medical use ...

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