Ocean toxin a heartbreaking threat for sea otters

A sea otter dines on a clam. Credit: Joe Tomoleoni Heart disease is a killer threat for southern sea otters feasting on domoic acid in their food web, according to a study led by the University of California, Davis. The study, published in the journal Harmful Algae, examined the relationship between long-term exposure to domoic […]

Botulism breakthrough? Taming botulinum toxin to deliver therapeutics

IMAGE: The toxin-based delivery platform consists of the modified botulinum toxin at upper left (protease domain in gold, translocation domain in blue, and receptor-binding domain in purple) and the nanobody (the… view more  Credit: Sicai Zhang/Dong Lab, Boston Children’s Hospital While rare, botulism can cause paralysis and is potentially fatal. It is caused by nerve-damaging toxins […]