Sunday, 10th March 2013
BEE STINGS – COULD THIS BE THE CURE OF HIV? – Of all the professions in the world, it is the scientists that continuously amaze me. Their ability meticulously map cells and other intricate parts of what makes humans work is simply astounding.
For years scientists have been working to find a cure for HIV and Aids. It was only a few days ago that we reported that a baby had been cured of HIV in a Mississippi University hospital and today scientists have announced yet another breakthrough in the fight against HIV and Aids – the humble bee sting.
According to reports scientists have discovered that bee stings could help prevent the spread of HIV, nothing that the toxins within the venom can kill the virus while leaving the surrounding healthy cells surrounding them completely unharmed.
As with all things medical and scientific further tests and trials are going to be needed but if scientists are correct this could finally prevent the spread of HIV and therefore prevent Aids.
So how does it work? Apparently bees have a chemical known as ‘melittin’ contained within the sting venom. This chemical is able to puncture through the HIV virus and its protective outer skin. The group of scientists working on the project inserted the toxin into tiny nano-particles which are provided with special ‘bumpers’ so that they can simply bounce of health and normal cells, leaving them completely unharmed. However, when the HIV virus makes contact it is able to slip between the bumpers and is then attacked by the toxin.
It is thought that if the tests and trials are successful there is no reason why this could not be formulated into a vaginal gel that would stop any potential infection during intercourse.
The fight to find a cure for HIV and Aids continues and the key lies somewhere in mother nature, for every Yang must have Ying and therefore the discovery for a cure is out there waiting to be discovered.
Next time you get stung by a bee, and providing your are not allergic, spare a thought that this simple, but painful protective device is also capable of preventing the spread of HIV – the humble bee… who would have thought it?