Bee venom shown to kill HIV, scientists reveal

  • metta

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    Mar 08, 2013 5:11 PM GMT
    Bee venom shown to kill HIV, scientists reveal

    A chemical in the insect's toxin could be used to destroy HIV cells while leaving the surrounding cells unharmed

    http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/bee-venom-shown-kill-hiv-scientists-reveal080313
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    Mar 09, 2013 6:39 PM GMT
    So cool how they find stuff like this icon_smile.gif
  • HottJoe

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    Mar 09, 2013 7:08 PM GMT
    Yay, nanobees.
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    Mar 09, 2013 7:20 PM GMT
    This, at a time when the bee population is disappearing. How ironic.
  • metta

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    Mar 09, 2013 7:25 PM GMT
    ^
    Well, at least we found out what is killing bees. We need to take the neonicotinoid pesticides off the market that Bayer and other companies sell. It is a multi-billion dollar annual business. So it is not a market that chemical companies will give up without a huge fight.

    http://www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2012/03/bayer-pesticide-bees-studies


    Bayer's PR response:

    http://www.bayercropscience.us/our-commitment/bee-health
  • hdurdinr

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    Mar 09, 2013 7:25 PM GMT
    smudgetool saidThis, at a time when the bee population is disappearing. How ironic.


    Time to start a gay - bee 'entente cordiale'!
  • conservativej...

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    Mar 09, 2013 7:36 PM GMT
    S34n05 saidSo cool how they find stuff like this icon_smile.gif


    This one likely ces out of pharaceutital work looking for proteins and glycoproteins as medications.
  • Apparition

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    Mar 12, 2013 4:37 PM GMT
    smudgetool saidThis, at a time when the bee population is disappearing. How ironic.



    so funny, thats exactly what i thought!

    It would also be really cool if bee stings vaccinate you for life too, because i got stung 40 times at once when i was a kid. Although not in the vagina like the article wanted to put it.
  • chris_hasting...

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    Mar 12, 2013 4:56 PM GMT
    so did someone with HIV just get stung or something?
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    Mar 12, 2013 5:04 PM GMT
    OMG now you guys are going to take up beekeeping.... lol. Maybe that's a good thing.

    Bee stings are good for arthritis as well. When you get a bee sting the venom increases your own cortisone production. Some pharmaceutical companies actually buy venom off of beekeepers. Probably the same companies that are insecticides... pretty sad.
  • metta

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    Jun 25, 2013 3:18 PM GMT
  • Rene_Aensland

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    Jun 25, 2013 3:45 PM GMT
    'The fuck?!

    I've never been stung. =[

    Also, reading Vagina over and over again after working out and downing my protein shake is upsetting the fuck out of my stomach. =/
  • lloydpal

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    Jun 25, 2013 4:55 PM GMT
    Wow that is definitely pretty cool. Especially because the bee venom is specific to HIV-infected cells and not healthy cells. It also uses a physical mechanism rather than something that acts on a receptor like the drugs currently on market so HIV can't even develop resistance to it!

    Using the vaginal gel would be great as a preventative measure...especially when one feels that the condom isn't enough. They should make one for us as well haha. I think I'm definitely more fascinated about injecting it intravenously and theoretically clearing out HIV from the bloodstream... although that shit is going to be ridiculously expensive. I think my only concern about this bee venom is if the patient is hypersensitive to it; but, pre-screening can always be done to detect that...

    I'm hoping that whatever drug is developed with this toxin shows significant promise in Phase 1 clinical trials and the FDA allows them to skip Phase 2 and go straight onto 3...just like with the successful cancer drugs that are developed.

    Definitely going to look into this more...#PharmacyNerdProblems icon_smile.gif
  • EricPrado

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    Jun 25, 2013 5:08 PM GMT
    It seems nature has all the answers