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Antibody counters deadly food poison.

The first effective experimental treatment for poisoning with a lethal fungal toxin has been reported by researchers at the Unformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md. The toxin, called T-2 toxin, is a trichothecene that is a natural contaminant of food and livestock feed. The antitoxin, developed by Giora Feuerstein, Joan A. Powell and Kenneth W. Hunter, is a set of pure, specific (monoclonal) antibodies that bind to the toxin.

Laboratory rats survived when given the antitoxin either shortly before or after T-2 toxin injection. The antitoxin also reduced mortality when given one hour after the toxin, when the rats already demonstrated profound cardiovascular malfunctions, the scientists reported at the recent meeting of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology.
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Date:May 18, 1985
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