ST. LOUIS, MO – March is proving to be pretty encouraging for HIV/AIDS research.
A couple of weeks ago we learned about a Mississippi toddler who, after just a year of being on HIV drugs, was cured of the deadly virus.
Now researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine have discovered something unbelievable.
They say a toxin found in bee venom can kill HIV cells. It’s called melittin.
Scientists infuse it into nanoparticles, which then poke holes in the envelope surrounding the virus. A protective bumper is added so they leave the bigger “normal” cells alone.
The hope is to develop a gel that would prevent the spread of the virus, especially in countries where HIV runs rampant.
Worldwide, more than 34 million people are living with HIV or AIDS.
The next step in the research is clinical trials. That’s a step in the right direction.