Clamming Up the Terrorists
They may have invested millions in acquisition and sacrificed hundreds of lives, but there’s one thing that the terrorists haven’t counted on:
… the latest example of the sea’s, or at least the coast’s, medical potential comes from researchers at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. There, scientists, working under a grant from the Department of Homeland Security, dosed quahogs with the botulism toxin. They discovered that something from the shellfish neutralized the poisonous enzyme, a potential bio-terrorism agent.
Bal Ram Singh, a chemist, and his colleagues increased the dose until it was enough to paralyze and kill the population of a town of 1,000 people. But the botulism has little effect on the clams, except to cause them to secrete a mucous that turned the water they were in cloudy.
I don’t imagine many men and women of our armed services would mind a steady supply of my mother-in-law’s stuffies. And I can only hope that initial plans are underway to equip each EMT vehicle with a pot of chowder.