Poisons: From Hemlock to Botox and the Killer Bean of by Peter Macinnis

By Peter Macinnis

“Uses background, technological know-how, and enjoyable poison proof to make vigorous examining of all issues lethal.”—The Boston Globe
Poisons permeate our international. they're within the surroundings, the place of work, the house. they're in foodstuff, our favourite whiskey, drugs, and good water. they've been used to therapy illnesses in addition to incapacitate and kill. They soft wrinkles, block ache, stimulate and increase athletic skill. during this wonderful and fact-filled e-book, technology author Peter Macinnis considers poisons in all their features. He recounts tales of the prestigious poisoners in background and literature, from Nero to Thomas Wainewright, and from the dying of Socrates to Hamlet and Peter Pan.

From cyanide to strychnine, from Botox to ricin and Sarin gas—have you ever puzzled approximately their assets? the place do they arrive from? How do you observe whatever which can kill you in an issue of seconds? Macinnis methodically analyzes the technology of those killing brokers and their makes use of in drugs, cosmetics, struggle, and terrorism. With wit and precision, he weighs those questions and many extra: used to be Lincoln’s volatility brought on by mercury poisoning? used to be Jack the Ripper an arsenic eater? Can wallpaper kill? For a person who has ever questioned and been afraid to invite, here's a wealthy miscellany on your mystery questions about pollutants. 14 black-and-white pictures

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Due to such selections, it may be that the dramatic rises of alkaloid contents observed in 'wild' Nicotiana spp. consequent upon folivory have been diminished or even eliminated from commercially developed lines of N. tabacum. Root versus shoot as the site of nicotine biosynthesis Why does the tobacco plant produce nicotine in the root and then translocate it to the shoot? Why, instead, is nicotine not produced in the aerial part of the plant, where it acts in defense against folivory? Karban and Baldwin [108] provide a simple and persuasive rationale for this apparent paradox.

1973: 37; 1755-1757. 79 Tiburcio AF, Kaur-Sawhney R, Ingersoll RB, Galston AW. Correlation between polyamines and pyrrolidine alkaloids in developing tobacco callus. , 1985: 78; 323-326. 80 Hashimoto T, Yamada Y. Regulation of tobacco alkaloid biosynthesis. ), Current Topics Plant Physiol 1995: 15; 130-144. 81 Baldwin IT. Chemical changes rapidly induced by folivory. ), Boca Raton: CRC Press, 1994: 5; 1-23. 82 Karban R, Baldwin IT. Induced Responses to Herbivory. Chicago: Univ. Chicago Press, 1997.

Rustica. The alkaloid contents of cultures were measured at suitable times, and compared with the alkaloids of untransformed plants of the same species. The number of integrations of T-DNA did not proportionately affect alkaloid contents. Hairy root cultures of all seven transformed species contained significantly greater amounts (fresh weight basis) of nicotine, nornicotine, anatabine and anabasine than did roots of untransformed plants, grown aseptically on agar or in soil. The spectra of alkaloids were similar to those described by Saitoh et al.

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