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Bee venom blasts through blood brain barrier to bring medicine

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"We thought that because the venoms of some animals are able to attack the central nervous system, they should be able to go through the blood-brain barrier and possibly shuttle drugs across it," said IRB's Ernest Giralt, Ph.D. Of course, Giralt's method of using a toxin to smuggle medication to the brain is a little problematic because of that little issue of toxicity. Giralt explains that the team set out to modify apamin to make it less toxic but still able to cross over the blood brain barrier. This was done by removing the chemicals in apamin that allow it to attach to a

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