Talk about killer bees. Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have discovered that nanoparticles carrying melittin, a potent toxin found in bee venom, can destroy HIV without harming any of the surrounding cells. The melittin works by "[poking] holes in the protective envelope that surrounds HIV and other viruses." The scientists hope that these findings could be used to develop a vaginal gel that could be used to prevent HIV from spreading during intercourse or would allow couples with an HIV-positive partner to safely conceive a child. "We are attacking an inherent physical property of HIV," Dr. Joshua L. Hood said. "Theoretically, there isn’t any way for the virus to adapt to that." [Source] Study: Bee Venom Kills HIV US News and World Report·15 hours ago Scientists at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found that melittin, a toxin found in bee venom, physically destroys the HIV virus, a… See also: More stories · Top stories · Related blogs Study: Bee Venom Kills HIV - US News and World Report US News and World Report17 hours ago Mar 08, 2013 · Researchers have discovered that bee venom kills the virus while leaving body cells ... a toxin found in bee venom, physically destroys the HIV … Nanoparticles loaded with bee venom kill HIV | Newsroom ... news.wustl.edu1 day ago Nanoparticles carrying a toxin found in bee venom can destroy human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) while leaving surrounding cells unharmed, … .. .