Scientists uncover how anthrax works

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 16 May 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1477
  1. Deborah Josefson
  1. San Francisco

    Scientists at the National Cancer Institute in the United States have uncovered a key mechanism by which anthrax disrupts cellular function. The discovery may lead to new approaches towards fighting the toxin.

    Bacillus anthracis is a spore forming, toxin producing bacterium that enters the body through the skin, lungs, or gastrointestinal tract. Although the disease is rare, anthrax has gained renewed prominence as a possible biological warfare agent. Inhaled spores cause pulmonary oedema and …

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