Toxin: The cunning of bacterial poisons by Alistair J. LaxToxin: The cunning of bacterial poisons by Alistair J. Lax

Toxin: The cunning of bacterial poisons

byAlistair J. Lax

Hardcover | September 29, 2005

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What do the following have in common: the promise of Botox as the key to everlasting youthful looks; E. coli O157 hamburger disease; a mysterious illness which killed 35 heroin users in 2000; and the assassination by poisoned umbrella-tip of a Bulgarian dissident in the 1970s? The answer isthat all of these are caused by toxins, the powerful biological poisons released by bacteria and some plants. In Toxin, Alistair Lax reveals the panoply of ways in which bacterial toxins overcome the defences of our cells. He explains how they work, how they are so successful in causing major diseases, the terrible human impact they have had, and how apparently 'new' diseases arise from them. He alsodiscusses how we can combat toxins, and how we can harness their actions for beneficial purposes. Enlivened by the very human story of the persistence, rivalries, and insights from which modern microbiology grew, Toxin is the first widely accessible account of this exciting and importanttopic.
Alistair Lax is Professor of Cellular Microbiology at King's 3ollege London. His research has focused on the interaction of bacterial toxins with the cells in the host's body. He has published numerous papers in international journals. This is his first book for the wider public.
Title:Toxin: The cunning of bacterial poisonsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.83 inPublished:September 29, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Toxins are everywhere: how toxins affected history2. The germ of an idea: a gradual acceleration up to the mid 1850s3. The Golden Age of Microbiology: Pasteur, Koch and the birth of the toxin concept4. The anatomy of diphtheria: taming the deadly scourge of childhood5. Understanding: all toxins fit into three basic mechanisms6. Why are plague and typhoid so deadly? A further layer of cleverness7. Deviant biology: weapons, espionage and man's innate inhumanity8. A more optimistic outcome: from poison to cure and the cell biologist's toolkit9. Where is toxinology going now? Is there anything new out there?Further readingReferencesIndex