A safe device for extracting venom from honey bees
Malcon Antonio Manfredi Brandeburgo
The venom of honey bees (Apis mellifera) may provoke an allergic reaction of varying intensity depending on the sensitivity of the individual and on the number of stings received. This allergic reaction is caused by a series of components which have already been identified'. There is, therefore, the possibility of utilizing honey bee venom or fractions of the venom for therapeutic purposes'. Appropriate methods for collecting venom need to be developed for use in desensitization studies and studies on the biochemical nature of honey bee venom and possible therapeutic uses.