Friends or foes? Emerging impacts of biological toxins

Clark, G. C., Casewell, N. R., Elliott, C. T., Harvey, A. L., Jamieson, A. G. , Strong, P. N. and Turner, A. D. (2019) Friends or foes? Emerging impacts of biological toxins. Trends in Biochemical Sciences, 44(4), pp. 365-379. (doi: 10.1016/j.tibs.2018.12.004) (PMID:30651181)

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Toxins are substances produced from biological sources (e.g., animal, plants, microorganisms) that have deleterious effects on a living organism. Despite the obvious health concerns of being exposed to toxins, they are having substantial positive impacts in a number of industrial sectors. Several toxin-derived products are approved for clinical, veterinary, or agrochemical uses. This review sets out the case for toxins as ‘friends’ that are providing the basis of novel medicines, insecticides, and even nucleic acid sequencing technologies. We also discuss emerging toxins (‘foes’) that are becoming increasingly prevalent in a range of contexts through climate change and the globalisation of food supply chains and that ultimately pose a risk to health.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Jamieson, Professor Andrew
Authors: Clark, G. C., Casewell, N. R., Elliott, C. T., Harvey, A. L., Jamieson, A. G., Strong, P. N., and Turner, A. D.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Chemistry
Journal Name:Trends in Biochemical Sciences
Publisher:Elsevier (Cell Press)
ISSN (Online):1362-4326
Published Online:14 January 2019
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 Crown Copyright
First Published:First published in Trends in Biochemical Sciences 44(4): 365-379
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under an Open Government License

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