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2011-10-19 07:00:00

PositiveID Corporation (âœPositiveIDâ or âœCompanyâ) (OTCBB: PSID), a developer of medical technologies for diabetes management, clinical diagnostics and bio-threat detection, announced that it has launched a Ricin detection assay, which was developed under and funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (âœDHSâ) Science and Technologies...

2011-03-30 12:43:03

Help for a bioterrorist attack involving ricin, one of the most likely toxic agents, may be as close at hand as the laundry shelf, according to a report presented here today at the 241st National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS). It concluded that ordinary household bleach appears to be an effective, low-cost, and widely available way to decontaminate food preparation surfaces in homes, restaurants, and processing plants that are tainted with ricin. Ricin is a...

2010-08-22 13:00:00

ROCKVILLE, Md., Aug. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A research team co-led by scientists from the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) and the Institute for Genome Sciences (IGS), University of Maryland School of Medicine, today published the sequence and analysis of the castor bean (Ricinus communis) genome in Nature Biotechnology. Agnes P. Chan, Ph.D., JCVI, and Jonathan Crabtree, Ph.D., IGS were co-lead authors on the paper describing the 4.5X coverage of this important oilseed crop. The...

2009-04-08 14:00:37

Scientists at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have developed a simple, accurate, and highly sensitive test to detect and quantify ricin, an extremely potent toxin with potential use as a bioterrorism agent. The report appears as a featured article in the April 12th issue of Analytical Chemistry. Ricin, a protein extracted from castor beans, can be in the form of a powder, mist, pellet or solution. When injected or inhaled, as little as one-half milligram of ricin is...

2008-03-27 09:00:54

Alternative energy developer Global Energy has successfully finalized the first stage of its castor farming project in Ethiopia, to produce non-edible oil for use in the production of biodiesel. Global Energy in conjunction with its subsidiaries, Global NRG Pacific and Global Energy Ethiopia (GEE), will plant, harvest and produce oil feedstock for the biodiesel industry and for other uses too. GEE expects to commence seeding of castor in April 2008 and harvest the produce between August...

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2008-03-06 13:20:00

New insights into how plant toxin ricin kills cells could help scientists develop drugs to counteract poisoningsA powerful plant toxin widely feared for its bioterrorism potential may one day be tamed using findings about how the toxin attacks cells. The findings may also help scientists combat food poisoning episodes such as those recently caused by bacteria-tainted produce and ground meat.Biotechnology researchers at Rutgers University have discovered that ricin, extracted from abundant...

2006-02-26 18:06:33

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A substance found in a roll of coins by a University of Texas student was not the deadly poison ricin, an FBI spokesman said on Sunday. "It's not ricin," said Special Agent Rene Salinas, a spokesman for the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force. "It's not any lethal or harmful product." The results followed tests on the chunky white powder by military scientists at Fort Detrick, Maryland, over the weekend. They came back negative for ricin, an extremely dangerous...

2006-02-25 23:05:00

AUSTIN, Texas -- More tests are needed to determine if a chunky white powder found in a University of Texas dormitory room is the deadly poison ricin, the FBI said on Saturday. An initial test of the powder, which was found by a student on Thursday night in a roll of coins, indicated the substance was ricin but local officials said subsequent tests were negative. A spokesman for the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force in Austin said FBI specialists in chemical weapons had taken the powder back to...

2006-02-25 21:42:06

HOUSTON (Reuters) - An FBI-led task force is trying find out how the deadly poison ricin wound up in a roll of coins used by a student in a University of Texas dormitory, officials said on Saturday. The chunky white powder was found on Thursday night when the student, doing her laundry in coin-operated washing machines, spilled the coins out of a paper tube onto her dorm room desk, said Theresa Spalding, medical director of health services at the university in Austin, Texas. The...

2006-02-25 17:25:34

Corrects name in 3rd paragraph to read "... Spalding said ..." instead of "... Weldon said." HOUSTON (Reuters) - An FBI-led task force is trying find out how the deadly poison ricin wound up in a roll of coins used by a student in a University of Texas dormitory, officials said on Saturday. The chunky white powder was found on Thursday night when the student, doing her laundry in coin-operated washing machines, spilled the coins out of a paper tube onto her dorm room desk, said...


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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