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A New Breakthrough in Breast Cancer Therapy


  • A peptide in wasp venom called Mitoparan can kill cancer cells, but it degrades in blood and can also kill off healthy cells.
  • When attached to certain compounds and proteins, Mitoparan prevents degradation and targets breast cancer cell.
  • Wasp venom has potential for treating breast cancer.

In lab studies, scientists discovered that when cells and wasp venom interact, the venom interrupts the cell’s energy-producing process and creates gaping holes in the cell membrane. Everything inside the cell oozes out, and the cell eventually dies.

Who would have guessed that something as angry and dangerous as a wasp could help us fight breast cancer? So next time you take a stroll through the park, pay careful attention; you might be looking at another one of Mother Nature’s powerful medicines just waiting to be discovered.

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