We’ll admit it: we hate bees. Can you blame us? Sure, they’ve got that honey thing going for them, but they fill our summers with fear as they buzz around, threatening to attack us with their horrible stingers. Remember a few years ago when all the bees started mysteriously disappearing? We were secretly super excited.
However, we’re willing to take back all the negative things we’ve said about bees after learning about a recent study in Antiviral Therapy that finds that bee venom can destroy HIV cells while leaving neighboring normal cells unharmed. Scientists would like to use the venom to develop a gel that would prevent the spread of HIV. “Our hope is that in places where HIV is running rampant, people could use this gel as a preventive measure to stop the initial infection,” says Joshua L. Hood, a researcher at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
There’s a lot of buzz (sorry) around this new study, and we have high hopes that it could take some of the sting (sorry) out of the spread of HIV. We’re not sure what the treatment would look like yet, but here’s our best guess.