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Did you know that here in Australia at QLD University, a two year study is being funded by the Breast Cancer Institute of Australia to test if Funnel Web Venom can be directed to kill breast cancer cells, because of the way its venom attacks the human body. The high incidence of breast cancer in young women between the ages of 25 - 45 is 1 in 7 in the UK, and Australia is following close behind, with no definitive cause being yet found.
Scorpion Venom injections have been found to kill breast cancer cells in mice
Also Snake Venom injections have been used for over 30 years to give great relief to people with Rheumatiod Arthritis
We promote the safe bug catching products instead of spraying pesticides in the home which is dangerous to yourselves, your families and pets. NOT killing our Australian insects day after day is vital to our environment.
There are many instances of great benefits from our insects - anything we can do to promote less use of pesticides in any shape or form is fantastic news. And now that there is a great reduction in honey bees worldwide, which pesticides may be partly responsible for, and given that one third of the food we eat relies on pollination it's a serious thought.
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Cicada Wings - No bacteria grows on them and they are used in trials as a platform for growing eye cells on;
Silk Worms and Spiders - combined silk work and spider web making milk used to make bullet proof vests;
Golden Orb Weaver Spider - spins silk five times stronger than steel, and uses chemicals to repel ants. The silk shines like gold in the sunlight!
Insects - Are vital to aerating the soil to help grow our food as well as keeping bad bacteria at bay;
Spiders & Centipedes - are milked for their venom for medical research into cures for serious illnesses for humans
capture those insects in your home and garden
SPRAYS AND PESTICIDES
FABULOUS THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT SPIDERS, BUGS AND INSECTS
Human eye cells grown on cicada wings
Cicada wings can kill bacteria and promote cell-growth, new research has revealed.
HUMAN EYE CELLS HAVE been successfully grown on the wings of cicadas, after it was discovered that the wing’s surface kills bacteria and boosts cell growth.
Dr Greg Watson, a researcher at James Cook University in Cairns, is part of an international team devising a detailed model of how this defence system works.
It is the first time scientists have found that features of a natural surface, rather than chemicals, kill bacteria.
Cicada wings could aid eye surgery
Prior to this research, Greg and associates from the Queensland Eye Institute were able to grow human eye cells on the cicada wings.
"Retinal cells don't just grow on anything. You have to have a certain surface for them to be happy," says Greg. "[The wings are] an unfavourable size to the bacteria but favourable for cells, so that's a good thing.”
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A small freshwater fish is providing insights into how the spinal cord heals after injury.
A protein in Zebra fish has been found to speed up tissue repair in injured spinal cords. (Credit: Yona Goldshmit).
THE SMALL FRESHWATER ZEBRAFISH could provide the key to healing spinal cord injuries in humans, according to new research.
Image: Wikimedia Commons
Unlike mammals, who never fully recover from spinal injuries, zebra fish can completely heal within two months.
"This may lead, in the future, to developing a therapeutic approach [to healing paralysis] in humans," says neuroscientist Dr Yona Goldshmit, lead author of the study at Monash University in Melbourne.
Healing the spinal cord
After sustaining a spinal injury, our immune system kicks in and cells work to stop the bleeding - developing scar tissue in the process. It's the scar tissue that causes the biggest road block for spinal cord healing, as nerve cells can't grow through it.
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Amazing honey bees project creates a buzz in science circles
Tiny sensors glued to the backs of honey bees, sounds like some nasty, high tech, school boy prank. In fact it could be the answer to one of nature’s nastiest turns in recent years, the decimation of bee colonies around the world.
Around one third of the food we eat relies on pollination, a truly wonderful and free service that honey bees provide for us. Most of us have known that bee populations are in trouble, with the numbers in some parts of the world becoming drastically low. Information is urgently needed by scientists to find out exactly what is happening, or the wild honey bee population could vanish all together. The consequences of that happening are genuinely catastrophic.
The reason that bee populations are dangerously decreasing is varied and still not fully known. In some instances its because of the parasitic Varroa mite. In others it’s a case of what is known as Colony Collapse Disorder, a consequence believed to be caused by diseases and agricultural pesticides.
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