Tag: Brazilian wasp

Breaking Biophysical Journal Sept.1, 2015: Brazilian Wasp Venom Kills Cancer Cells In Seconds By Opening Them Up.

The social wasp Polybia paulista protects itself against predators by producing venom known to contain a powerful cancer-fighting ingredient. A Biophysical Journal study published September 1 reveals exactly how the venom’s toxin–called MP1 (Polybia-MP1)–selectively kills cancer cells without harming normal cells. MP1 interacts with lipids that are abnormally distributed on the surface of cancer cells,…