Title

Tetrodotoxin, a Highly Toxic and Delicious Delicacy

Date

5-30-2013 1:45 PM

Location

Natural Sciences (NS) 101

Department

Chemistry

Session Chair

Arlene Courtney

Session Title

Chemistry Capstone Seminars

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Arlene Courtney

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

An introduction and evaluation of Tetrodotoxin (TTX) which is a very toxic poison found in many marine and terrestrial animal species. Despite the toxicity of this highly potent toxin, many foreign countries find TTX a delicious and highly requested delicacy; however, many individuals may not understand the dangers surrounding consumption. By attending this seminar, an individual can gain an enhanced understanding of the production, distribution and role of TTX in nature as well as the various effects of TTX exposure. A further understanding of TTX will be gained through the illustration of toxicity through a comparison to other toxins, followed by a synopsis on the current research being conducted in search of an antidote and the implications of potential medical uses.

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May 30th, 1:45 PM

Tetrodotoxin, a Highly Toxic and Delicious Delicacy

Natural Sciences (NS) 101

An introduction and evaluation of Tetrodotoxin (TTX) which is a very toxic poison found in many marine and terrestrial animal species. Despite the toxicity of this highly potent toxin, many foreign countries find TTX a delicious and highly requested delicacy; however, many individuals may not understand the dangers surrounding consumption. By attending this seminar, an individual can gain an enhanced understanding of the production, distribution and role of TTX in nature as well as the various effects of TTX exposure. A further understanding of TTX will be gained through the illustration of toxicity through a comparison to other toxins, followed by a synopsis on the current research being conducted in search of an antidote and the implications of potential medical uses.