C. botulinum: interesting organism!!

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    • #6598
      Vibrio
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      I love this organism, even though it is very toxic. Did you know that Botox facial treatment is actually Botulinum toxin type A? This is a very potent toxin that blocks the neurotransmitter Acetylcholine. This neurotransmitter is involved in muscle movement. When the toxin blocks this chemical, it results in paralysis. So, the Botoxis actually paralyzing facial muscles which cause wrinkles to disappear.

      I find this toxin and the bacterium very interesting!! Check out these links!!

      http://microbes.historique.net/bot.html

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clostridium_botulinum

    • #63418
      Condraz23
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      Botulin toxin produced by Clostridium botulinum is often believed to be a potential bioweapon as it is so potent that it takes less than one microgram to kill a person, and a drop could kill 100,000 people, though contact is uncommon.

      This would make it more potent than dimethylmercury. Three liters of botulin toxin can wipe out the entire human race.

    • #63423
      destiny
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      Cool site! =)

      Though botulin toxin is highly toxic, it is used in minute doses both to treat painful muscles spasms, and as a cosmestic treatment in some parts of the world.

      Overall, Clostridium botulinum has both advantages and disadvantages.

    • #63447
      sachin
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      Though botulin toxin is highly toxic, it is used in minute doses both to treat painful muscles spasms, and as a cosmestic treatment in some parts of the world.

      To get Wrinkle free????…. Lol…

    • #63470
      Vibrio
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      This is one of my favorite toxins since it has such potential to be used in medicine.

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      Botulin toxin produced by Clostridium botulinum is often believed to be a potential bioweapon as it is so potent that it takes less than one microgram to kill a person, and a drop could kill 100,000 people, though contact is uncommon.

      This would make it more potent than dimethylmercury. Three liters of botulin toxin can wipe out the entire human race.

      I shiver at these facts!! That stuff’s powerful!!

    • #63541
      destiny
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      quote sachin_at_biog:

      Though botulin toxin is highly toxic, it is used in minute doses both to treat painful muscles spasms, and as a cosmestic treatment in some parts of the world.

      To get Wrinkle free????…. Lol…

      Probably…Haha. Ladies would like it. =)

    • #63628
      Dr.Stein
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      Yeah, Botox is very popular among women who pay very much attention to their physical performance after silicon era. This is a very harmful species, thus they apply only a little amount of the toxin to improving body performance. However, we must be aware that not all individual’s cell will respond properly for the toxin. There will always a possibility for this species to break our machinery. Ones might pay too much to satisfaction but nothing’s perfect, they play with their life 8) I myself don’t get interested on this Botox therapy.

    • #63639
      destiny
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      quote Dr.Stein:

      Yeah, Botox is very popular among women who pay very much attention to their physical performance after silicon era. This is a very harmful species, thus they apply only a little amount of the toxin to improving body performance. However, we must be aware that not all individual’s cell will respond properly for the toxin. There will always a possibility for this species to break our machinery. Ones might pay too much to satisfaction but nothing’s perfect, they play with their life 8) I myself don’t get interested on this Botox therapy.

      Me too. I am also not interested in this botox therapy.

    • #63684
      Vibrio
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      I don’t think I’d ever get it. But the concept in interesting. As strange as this sounds, I might like to try it just to say that I was affected by that toxin. But the cost is out of this world!!

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