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New botox super-toxin has its details censored
New Scientist ^ | 10/14/2013 | Debora MacKenzie

Posted on 10/19/2013 5:21:09 AM PDT by markomalley

A new type of botulinum toxin – the deadliest substance known – has been discovered. Because it does not yet have an antidote, the DNA sequence behind it has been withheld from public databases. This is the first time a sequence has been kept secret over security concerns.

Injecting a mere 2 billionths of a gram, or inhaling 13 billionths of a gram, of the protein botulinum produced by the soil bacterium Clostridium botulinum will kill an adult. The toxin blocks the release of acetylcholine, the chemical secreted by nerves that makes muscles work. People who accidentally ingest it, as can happen when the bacteria grow in food, develop botulism and often die of paralysis.

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The new toxin only reacted weakly with a few of the standard antibodies supplied by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia. None of these antibodies protected mice from the effects of the toxin.

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Normally the gene sequence of the bacteria that create the toxin would be released to the public database GenBank, but it was decided that this was too risky at present.

Toxic debate

Editors of the Journal of Infectious Diseases, where the research was published, write: "Because no antitoxins as yet have been developed to counteract the novel C. Botulinum toxin, the authors had detailed consultations with representatives from numerous appropriate US government agencies."

This included the US Army's infectious diseases laboratory, the US Department of Homeland Security, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and various other government health departments.

The agencies approved the papers published this week, but without the gene sequence for the toxin. This will be published once an effective treatment is available.

(Excerpt) Read more at newscientist.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: botox; botulism

1 posted on 10/19/2013 5:21:09 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

I cannot type what what my thoughts are about this substance. Hope it is tightly guarded!


2 posted on 10/19/2013 5:38:05 AM PDT by seeker41 (take your country back by whatever means necessary)
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To: seeker41

As I’ve said before: I give it six months tops before the sequence is leaked.

Nuts.


3 posted on 10/19/2013 5:43:15 AM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com/2013/10/04/nicolae-hussein-obama/)
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To: markomalley

Isn’t it time for Nutso Nancy to have her scheduled injection?


4 posted on 10/19/2013 5:48:11 AM PDT by Old Yeller (Obama: A dark spot in this country's history.)
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To: markomalley

OMG - this will cause BOTOX resistant face wrinkles

Run for the hills!


5 posted on 10/19/2013 6:04:21 AM PDT by HangnJudge
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To: markomalley

This was developed to try and get Hillary ready for the 2016 race. Normal Botox was useless.


6 posted on 10/19/2013 6:07:41 AM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: markomalley

The wicked witch of the West (she’s from Kansas) is just upset because of the house that fell on her sister, and so now she has to take it out on the rest of us. Where’s a good bucket of water when one needs it?


7 posted on 10/19/2013 6:17:11 AM PDT by MrChips (MrChips)
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To: markomalley

OOPS! SORRY! THAT WAS MEANT FOR THE KATHLEEN SEBELIUS THREAD!


8 posted on 10/19/2013 6:20:09 AM PDT by MrChips (MrChips)
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To: markomalley

This strain of toxin most likely has a natural origin and was cultured from a wild source. Botulinum toxin is a potent toxin and it takes very little to kill or paralyze an individual. One gram of any type, A-E, in a water tower would inundate a community and result many deaths because the antitoxin supply would exhaust and the ability to maintain those paralyzed alive would also be exhausted.A Type E outbreak would be devastating because the US hospital system does not contain that strain of antitoxin as its indigenous to Europe.


9 posted on 10/19/2013 6:24:04 AM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: markomalley

Just in time for the death panels.


10 posted on 10/19/2013 7:02:00 AM PDT by bgill (This reply was mined before it was posted.)
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