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.

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steevil (Dr Weevil's bro Steve)
steevil (Dr Weevil's bro Steve)
16 years ago

Once a ‘mucous clam’ fishery is established in the currently closed to shell fishing areas of Narragansett Bay and coastal Massachusetts, if more production area is needed, here’s a possibility:
http://www.vdh.state.va.us/OEHS/Shellfish/pdf/Lancaster/cond017-188.pdf
regards,
Steevil (URI ’73)

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