Sure, you know that bees pollinate our crops and give us honey. But
there's so much more to these buzzing insects than that.
1. Their sting has some benefits
A toxin in bee venom called melittin may prevent HIV. Melittin can
kill HIV by poking holes into the virus's protective envelope.
(Meanwhile, when mellitin hitches a ride on certain nanoparticles,
it will just bounce off normal cells and leave them unharmed.)
Scientists at Washington University in St. Louis hope the toxin can
be used in preventative gels.
Bee stings may also ease pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis.
Researchers at the University of Sao Paulo found that molecules in
bee venom increase your body’s level of glucocorticoid, an
2. They work harder than youDuring chillier seasons, worker bees can live for nine months. But
in the summer, they rarely last longer than six weeks—they literally
work themselves to death.
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