Another Tick Species’ Saliva Found to Have Antitumor Properties

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Millions of years of evolution have made ticks highly specialized bloodsuckers. In fact, researchers who have studied tick saliva have found a range of compounds that fight back host defenses like clotting and tissue repair and allow ticks to feed for extended periods. In another context, though, those same chemical properties could be seen in […]

Bee Venom May one Day be used to Fight Cancer

Venom from bees, snakes, or scorpions could form the basis of a new generation of cancer-fighting drugs, as scientists have devised a method for targeting venom proteins specifically to malignant cells while sparing healthy ones, which reduces or eliminates side effects that the toxins would otherwise cause. “We have safely used venom toxins in tiny […]

Can Trained Bees Detect Cancer in Patients?

Back in 2006, Science Daily ran an article about two scientists who were using wasps to detect drugs, explosives, toxic chemicals, and other substances. Five years later in 2011, Dr. Joe Lewis, a retired research entomologist at the University of Georgia in Athens, and Dr. Glen Rains, a biological and agricultural engineer, were featured in […]