August 1, 2000
Brookhaven National Laboratory
The toxins produced by Clostridium botulinum bacteria are among the deadliest known to humankind. A drop ingested can paralyze the body, including the muscles responsible for breathing, leading to death by asphyxiation. Now, in what could be a first step toward effectively disabling these deadly poisons, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory have deciphered the structure of one of the toxins and learned how it binds to the nerve cells it attacks.
Work could help in developing recombinant vaccine to disable deadly poison
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