The new deadliest substance known to man is top secret (for now)
When scientists say this stuff is deadly, they mean it. It takes an injection of just 2 billionths of a gram or inhaling 13 billionths of a gram to kill an adult. A spoonful of the stuff in a city's water supply could be catastrophic. The toxin, which comes from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, blocks the chemical that makes nerves work, causing botulism and death by paralysis. In a comment accompanying a newly published journal article on the new botox, Stanford Medical School professor David Relman said the substance posed "an immediate and unusually serious risk to society."
You'd be right to wonder: If this stuff is so dangerous, why do we have it in the first place? Well, it's not manmade if that's what you're thinking. Before this new discovery, there were seven known branches on the botulinum family tree, but researchers recently found an eighth type of toxin in stool samples of an infant with botulism. It just so turns out that eighth type, known as type H, is the deadliest substance in the world. Scientists are withholding the genetic sequence so that terrorists, for instance, can't synthesize it and do something terrible. Terrorists do like botox, too. It was one of these toxins that the Japanese cult Aum Shinrikyo tried to release in downtown Tokyo in the 1990s.
Despite the somewhat sensational nature of this latest discovery, everything is okay for now. This is, however, a rude reminder of how scientific discoveries can always be twisted into weapons of warfare. Unless we keep them secret, that is.
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Scientists are calling a newly discovered Botox "the deadliest substance known to man" however they are keeping its DNA pattern top secret because an antidote has not been found yet. Clostridium Botulinum, a botulinum toxin, is extremely poisonous that giving an adult just two billionths of a gram or sniffing 13 billionths of a gram will kill a...
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Disclosure wrote October 21, 2013 10:14:50 PM CEST
This toxin is in the states, so the 'terrists' already have it. Give them a while to create themselves an antidote and we'll be seeing some simply just disappear- possibly to be placed in the water supply or maybe in the form of chemtrails and then blamed on another country, religion, home-grown terrists or maybe an external threat not of Earth like an asteroid or meteorite. They could blame contamination on anything they want and pass the freshly-written script along to media. Problem, reaction, solution.
We live in a time where we shouldn't be shocked by anything any longer- at least those of us that see without the blinders of a false reality over our eyes....
properREDeye wrote October 21, 2013 4:04:13 PM CEST
Lol nah im not that naive, thats never gonna happen
properREDeye wrote October 21, 2013 4:02:53 PM CEST
Maybe we are entering a new era of science where ethics trumps £