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09/03/2015 10:20 AM ID: 101044 Permalink   

Brazilian Wasp Venom May Help Battle Cancer


The venom from the Brazilian wasp "Polybia paulista" has been found to contain a toxin that selectively kills cancer cells.

MP1, the active peptide in the venom, suppressed the growth of prostate, bladder as well as drug-restistant leukaemia cells.

"Cancer therapies that attack the lipid composition of the cell membrane would be an entirely new class of anticancer drugs," says Paul Beales, a Professor at the University of Leeds.

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