Scientists call it an exciting discovery, but caution more testing is needed.
Researchers in Australia have found success using honeybee venom to destroy aggressive breast cancer cells.
The venom – and a compound in it called melittin – were used against two cancer types which are hard to treat: triple-negative and HER2-enriched.
One concentration of the venom was found to kill cancer cells within an hour with minimal harm to other cells.
Bee venom has previously been found to have anti-cancer properties for other types of cancer such as melanoma.
The study by the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research in Western Australia was published in Nature Precision Oncology.
While the study results are extremely exciting cancer researchers note many compounds can kill a breast cancer cell in a dish or in a mouse. It’s another thing to go from those discoveries to something that can change clinical practice.