Scientists uncover how anthrax worksBMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7143.1477m (Published 16 May 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1477
- Deborah Josefson
- 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 …