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Caring for humans from bees: Catherine Ballot-Flurin is a pioneer in this area. For 40 years, in Cauterets (Hautes-Pyrénées), she has listened to the buzzing of insects. “From the noise I hear, I know roughly how strong the colonie “, explains the beekeeper. Every day, she collects the bee’s venom. It would have anti-inflammatory properties, but above all it represents a hope in the treatment of certain cancers.
“We work with many researchers”
The venom collected at the exit of the hive is then dried. It is then in the form of crystals; powder is precious, laboratories are fighting over it. “We are currently working with many researchers in Europe to develop future treatments with bee venom.“Says Catherine Ballot-Flurin. There are already results: Australian scientists recently announced that the venom could act on cancer.
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