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2012-02-23 19:00:00

Sanford-Burnham researchers determine the first 3D structure of the botulinum neurotoxin, together with the protein bodyguard that guides it through the body–revealing weak spots that could be exploited to develop new counterterrorism measures. La Jolla, Calif. (PRWEB) February 23, 2012 Researchers at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute (Sanford-Burnham) and the Medical School of Hannover in Germany recently discovered how the botulinum neurotoxin, a potential bioterrorism...

2011-12-01 01:19:21

The most poisonous substance on Earth – already used medically in small doses to treat certain nerve disorders and facial wrinkles – could be re-engineered for an expanded role in helping millions of people with rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, psoriasis and other diseases, scientists are reporting. Their study appears in ACS' journal Biochemistry. Edwin Chapman and colleagues explain that toxins, or poisons, produced by Clostridium botulinum bacteria, cause of a rare but severe...

2011-06-03 20:42:00

Readers are referred to the cautionary notes regarding Forward-looking Information at the end of this release Listed TSX, Symbol:  CNJ WINNIPEG, June 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ - Cangene Corporation (TSX: CNJ) today announces that the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority ("BARDA"), the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that administers its biodefence stockpiling contracts, will exercise options under a botulism antitoxin ("BAT")...

2011-06-01 14:18:00

Fish may put consumers at risk of botulism or other food safety hazards SILVER SPRING, Md., June 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, in a complaint filed by the U.S. Department of Justice, is seeking a permanent injunction against BCS African Wholesale Food Supply LLC (BCS African Wholesale) of Brooklyn Park, Minn. and its principal officers. If granted, the injunction would force the defendants to stop importing, processing, and selling seafood...

2011-05-23 10:50:00

SILVER SPRING, Md., May 23, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Taking the handling instructions on food labels seriously can go a long way toward keeping you and your family healthy. By contrast, ignoring the labels can lead to very serious illnesses. Here are some recent examples. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090824/FDALOGO) Unrefrigerated Soup Tied to Botulism Cases Recently, a consumer in the South bought a plastic container of soup from a salad bar in a supermarket. It was...

2011-05-12 17:26:00

BUFFALO, N.Y., May 12, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The warmer the summer, the more dead birds and fish you can expect to see along the shores of Lake Erie, according to a recent study led by Alicia Perez-Fuentetaja, research scientist of the Great Lakes Center at Buffalo State College and associate professor of biology. The study appears online in the Journal of Great Lakes Research. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110512/DC01391) The deaths result from outbreaks of type...

Latest Botulism Reference Libraries

2011-04-15 13:32:47

Clostridium botulinum is a gram-positive, rod-shaped bacterium that produces neurotoxins, known as botulinum neurotoxins types A-G, that cause the flaccid muscular paralysis seen in botulism. It is the main paralytic agent in botox and is commonly found in soil. It is also an obligate anaerobe, meaning oxygen is poisonous to the cells. Superoxide dismutase helps C. botulinum tolerate traces of oxygen. It was first recognized and isolated in 1895 by Emile van Ermengem. Subsequent outbreaks...

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