Dr. Bal Ram Singh (Bal Ram Singh) and his colleagues at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth (UMass Dartmouth) have found to combat bioterrorism new ally in the person of humble clam, known under the name of Mercenaria mercenaria.
During their experiments, the researchers injected botulinum toxin shellfish in an amount sufficient to kill 1,000 people and found that the creature will neutralize the poison, which is considered a potential bioterror weapon.
"Most of botulism in the blood clam was reduced by 50% — said Bal Ram Singh. — So we think that this blood is a kind of antidote. And if we can get this molecule — either way, it's a long process — that it would be very useful for the people. "
Chemists have started with small doses and gradually increasing the amount of the toxin is not "pumped up" clam milligrams of venom.
The effect was small. However, the researchers noticed that the water in which there was a clam, become cloudy — a sign of mucus.
"We can enter this creature so much venom as can kill 100,000 people, and it will not die, — said Singh. — Something allows shellfish to survive this. We will understand."
Battery News, 20.01.2005 18:09