Details of new botulinum toxin withheld

Details of new botulinum toxin withheld

By Ashley Yeager, 11:34 AM October 11, 2013

A new botulinum toxin has emerged, and its discoverers are keeping its genetic identity a secret.

Scientists describe the toxin in two papers appearing in The Journal of Infectious Diseases, but they witheld full genetic details of the new bacterial strain that produces it to prevent people from developing the poison into a bioweapon. The decision mirrors the debate over whether to publish full details of work on the H5N1 bird flu.

The bacterium Clostridium botulinum produces toxins that cause ...

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