Sunday, September 18, 2011

Staggering statistic

Whilst doing some light Sunday afternoon reading around neurotoxins, as you do, I came across this rather interesting fact... [Emphasis mine.]
[Botulinum toxin] is the most acutely toxic substance known, with a median lethal dose of about 1 ng/kg when introduced intravenously and 3 ng/kg when inhaled. This means that, depending on the method of introduction into the body, a mere 90–270 nanograms of botulinum toxin could be enough to kill an average 90 kg (200 lb) person, and four kilograms of the toxin, if evenly distributed, would be more than enough to kill the entire human population of the world.

And people volunteer to have it injected into their faces.

Nutters.

7 comments:

Dioclese said...

The expression 'dead from the neck up' takes on a whole new meaning!

Kevin Monk said...

Developed at Porton Down along with Anthrax and other lovelies.

JuliaM said...

Well, refined. Nature herself 'developed' both...

Facelift said...

But we'd all die with perfectly expressionless faces.

Anonymous said...

Botulinum toxin doesn't actually kill very many people in practice though. Unlike, say, nicotine.

MTG said...

Not easy to cultivate. Otherwise Witherspoon's 'brekky for the masses' would quickly resolve alcoholism and UK Housing problems.

bollixed said...

Anon.....where's your facts? How many people die from nicotine poisoning annually? Or are you just talking out your arse? I suspect the latter...

Of arses, its incredible how many croak while on the bog squeezing out a fat one. Short bursts rather than a long protracted strain is the key to longevity. Ask the next really old person you know how they take a dump and I bet I'm right.

Where's me Nobel Prize for lifesaving services to the human species?? lol