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  • Protein injections in medicine

    Pathogens can use a range of toxins to damage their host organism. Bacteria, such as those responsible for causing the deadly Plague, use a special injection mechanism to deliver their poisonous contents into the host cell. Stefan Raunser, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Physiolog more

  • 'Poisoned arrowhead' used by warring bacteria could lead to new antibiotics

    A weapon bacteria use to vanquish their competitors could be copied to create new forms of antibiotics, according to Imperial College London research. Researchers have uncovered a novel weapon in the arsenal of bacteria that works in a similar way to common antibiotics. By discovering the mechanism more

  • Rice husks can remove microcystin toxins from water

    Scientists at The University of Toledo have discovered that rice husks can effectively remove microcystin from water, a finding that could have far-reaching implications for communities along the Great Lakes and across the developing world. An abundant and inexpensive agricultural byproduct, rice hu more

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The Chemistry of Snake Venom

We know poisonous snakes are dangerous, but what exactly makes venom so powerful? Evolutionary biology tells us why venom is useful for snakes, but chemistry tells us how venom works. This week, Reactions sheds some light on the proteins in venom, as well as its potential medical uses more

What makes blue-green algae dangerous?

When the environmental conditions are right, blue-green algae (which are actually blue-green bacteria) can blossom into harmful algal blooms. These blooms can release all sorts of deadly poisons into the environment. In this episode, SOC’s Sophia Cai explains how human health could be at risk, w ... more

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The Chemistry of Poisonous Mushrooms

There’s a reason that it’s strongly recommended not to pick wild mushrooms unless you’ve had training in recognising the different types; some mushrooms containing deadly toxins can look almost identical to those that are perfectly safe to eat. Of the various types of mushroom toxins, those which ca more

The biggest stories in science 2017

As we head into 2018, it’s time to take a look back at some of the biggest science news stories over the past year. This year’s science news featured poisonous frogs, battery fires, element creation, and more! more

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Coley's Toxins

Coley's Toxins Coley's Toxins (also called Coley's toxin, Coley's vaccine, Coley vaccine or Mixed Bacterial Vaccine) is a mixture consisting of killed bacteria of species Streptococcus pyogenes as well as Serratia marcescens , named after Dr. Wi ... more


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