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Author Lax, Alistair J., 1953-
Title Toxin : the cunning of bacterial poisons / Alistair J. Lax.
Imprint Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2005.

Author Lax, Alistair J., 1953-
Series OUP E-Books.
Subject Bacterial toxins -- Popular works.
Bacterial Toxins -- history.
Bacterial Toxins -- poisoning.
Description 1 online resource (192 pages) : illustrations, maps
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 180-189) and index.
Contents Toxins are everywhere : how toxins affected history -- The germ of an idea : a gradual acceleration up to the mid-1850s -- The golden age of microbiology : Pasteur, Koch, and the birth of the toxin concept -- The anatomy of diphtheria : taming the deadly scourge of childhood -- Understanding : all toxins fit into three basic mechanisms -- Why are plague and typhoid so deadly? : a further layer of cunning -- Deviant biology : weapons, espionage, and man's innate inhumanity -- A more optimistic outcome : from poison to cure and the cell biologist's toolkit -- Where is toxinology going now? : is there anything new out there?
Note Print version record.
Summary Alistair Lax takes a fascinating look at these most devious molecules, explaining the many ingenious mechanisms they use to penetrate our cell's defences, and the deadly pandemics that result. A story not only of disease but also of human rivalry and persistence in our struggle to understand, combat, and harness these powerful toxins. - ;What do the following have in common: the promise of Botox as the key to everlasting youthful looks; E. coli O157 hamburger disease; a mysterious illness which killed 35 heroin users in 2000; and the assassination by poisoned umbrella-tip of a Bulgarian dissid.
ISBN 9780191513909 (electronic bk.)
0191513903 (electronic bk.)
0198605587 (Cloth)
9780198605584 (alk. paper)
OCLC # 77178698
Additional Format Print version: Lax, Alistair J., 1953- Toxin. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2005 0198605587 (DLC) 2005019702 (OCoLC)60856170.

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