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Poisoned prey

December 24, 2019

Chemical defenses of plants not only affect the growth and development of herbivores, but also, indirectly, the next…
Protein injections in medicine

December 20, 2019

Pathogens can use a range of toxins to damage their host organism. Bacteria, such as those responsible for…
Physical forces affect bacteria’s toxin resistance, study finds

December 6, 2019

A random conversation between two Cornell researchers at a child’s birthday party led to a collaboration and new…
Researchers discover new toxin that impedes bacterial growth

November 14, 2019

An international research collaboration has discovered a new bacteria-killing toxin that shows promise of impacting superbug infectious diseases.…
Scientists retrace monarch’s toxin-immunity evolution

October 5, 2019

Small genetic changes prevent a normally fatal poison from killing monarch butterflies. By editing these genes into laboratory…

September 12, 2019

They say love is blind, but if you’re a queen honeybee it could mean true loss of sight.…
A Toxic Chemical in Marine Ecosystems Turns Out to Play a Beneficial Role

July 23, 2019

Advocates of healthy eating often extol the benefits of adding antioxidants to one’s diet. These compounds are thought…
Ultra-fast communication allows aquatic cells to release toxins in unison

July 11, 2019

Crouching in the boot-sucking mud of the Baylands Nature Preserve in Palo Alto, Manu Prakash, associate professor of bioengineering…
Stem Cell Study Determines Most Harmful Vape Liquids

May 30, 2019

Are some flavors of vape liquid more harmful than others? A UA scientist says yes, based on the…
Hypertension Found in Children Exposed to Flower Pesticides

May 27, 2019

In a study published in the journal Environmental Research, researchers at University of California San Diego School of…
Algal blooms in Lake Erie’s central basin could produce neurotoxins

May 20, 2019

Harmful algal blooms pose a unique toxic threat in Lake Erie’s central basin, new research has found. Not…
Bacterial toxin research could improve pesticides and help treat cancer

May 8, 2019

Research into an intricate toxin delivery system found in bacteria could overcome the problem of pesticide resistance in…
New study finds river wildlife contain cocaine, pharmaceuticals and pesticides

May 8, 2019

The study published in Environment International, looked at the exposure of wildlife, such as the freshwater shrimp Gammarus pulex,…
Toxin Response

March 18, 2019

Exposure to potentially harmful chemicals is a reality of life. Our ancestors, faced with naturally occurring toxins, evolved…
Identifying factors that influence mercury levels in tuna

January 28, 2019

Most consumers’ exposure to toxic methylmercury occurs when they eat fish. But research just published in the ACS…
Poisons or medicines? Cyanobacteria toxins protect tiny lake dwellers from parasites

January 17, 2019

The cyanobacteria blooms that plague western Lake Erie each summer are both an unsightly nuisance and a potential…
Marine bacterium sheds light on control of toxic metals

January 15, 2019

An ocean-dwelling bacterium has provided fresh insights into how cells protect themselves from the toxic effects of metal…
Looking for a Lock for Shiga and Ricin Toxins

December 13, 2018

A research team from Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital has identified new potential lines of defense…
With toxin, bacteria prove old dogs can learn new tricks

October 23, 2018

A newly discovered toxin that some bacteria deploy to fend off competing bacteria stands out from others in…
Bull ant venom could put the bite on pain

September 13, 2018

Venom from the giant red bull ant is helping University of Queensland scientists understand the evolution of animal toxins in…
Trace metals make a big splash with marine microorganisms

August 22, 2018

In the ocean, a little bit of metal can go a long way. A new Cornell-led study shows…
Study finds 29 pesticides in just a single Devon river

July 5, 2018

Researchers have found 29 different pesticides in a single river in Devon. Tests on four rivers in the…
Copy-cat sea slugs vary in toxicity and taste

June 18, 2018

University of Queensland-led research found sea slugs that mimic the colours of other slugs to scare off predators…
Researchers invent microscopic toxin detector

June 14, 2018

A suspicion of toxins in the drinking water, in food, or perhaps in the air, is a serious…
Bright warning colours on poison dart frogs also act as camouflage

June 11, 2018

Poison dart frogs are well known for their deadly toxins and bright colours, which have made them a…
Cell-like Nanorobots Clear Bacteria and Toxins From Blood

May 31, 2018

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed tiny ultrasound-powered robots that can swim through blood,…
Gut Bacteria Produce a Special Enzyme To Protect Us from Plant Toxins

May 31, 2018

The poisonous petals of the foxglove (Digitalis) have been used in low doses for centuries in folk medicine…
Shining a Light on Toxic Chemicals Curbs Industrial Use

May 25, 2018

The annual federal report on toxic material emissions from industrial sites across the country gains widespread media attention…
Buyer beware: Some water-filter pitchers much better at toxin removal

May 18, 2018

Water pitchers designed to rid water of harmful contaminants are not created equal, new research has found. Scientists…
Multiple sclerosis may be linked to sheep disease toxin

April 24, 2018

Exposure to a toxin primarily found in sheep could be linked to the development of multiple sclerosis (MS)…
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