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Companies Toxins

BIOTREND Chemikalien GmbH, Germany

BIOTREND was instigated in order to meet the growing demand from customers for an independent and technologically orientated distribution facility offering high quality, yet cost-effective products for biochemical, immunochemical and pharmaceutical research. Through our innovative strength we are more

tgcBIOMICS GmbH, Germany

tgcBIOMICS specializes in the purification of recombinant (see above) or wild type proteins from different source types by using a broad range of chromatographic methods like ion-exchange chromatography, reversed phase chromatography, gel sieve chromatography or affinity chromatography. more

News Toxins

  • Where do toxins from tobacco attack DNA?

    It is known that toxins in tobacco smoke can change our DNA – but where exactly in the genome they do this has been a mystery. A new approach developed by researchers at ETH Zurich now brings light into the darkness. In the future, this could make it easier than ever to determine the safety of many more

  • Bacterial toxin renders algae motionless

    Biologists and chemists at the University of Jena decipher properties of a bacterial toxin that renders the unicellular green algae Chlamydomonas reinhardtii motionless. The toxin appears to hijak the calcium channels of the target algae, causing a rapid influx of calcium ions that within one minute more

  • Spider venom for therapeutics and bioinsecticides

    The venom of a single spider can contain up to 3000 components. These components, mostly peptides, can be used to develop promising drug leads for the treatment of diseases. Spider venom can also be used as a biological pesticide. A team of scientists from the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biol more

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Videos Toxins

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

Infographics Toxins

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

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



Toxin A toxin (Greek : , toxikon, lit. (poison) for use on arrows) is a poison ous substance produced by living cells or organisms that is active at very low concentrations. Toxins can be small molecule s, peptide s, or protein s and are cap ... more


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