Collecting Bee Venom – level 3
Bee venom is important, as people use it to make medicines and research dementia. However, traditional methods to collect the venom could harm the bees, which are already under attack from habitat loss, diseases, and pesticides.
An Australian researcher found a new way to harvest bee venom without hurting the bees. He gives them a glass plate to sting which does not give them anywhere to get hooked into.
Difficult words: venom (a poison that an animal makes to protect itself), dementia (a brain disease that changes the way that the brain works), pesticide (a chemical that kills insects), hook into (get stuck).
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