Tetrodotoxin: From Poison to Powerful Tool

  title={Tetrodotoxin: From Poison to Powerful Tool},
  author={James E. Blankenship},
  journal={Perspectives in Biology and Medicine},
  pages={509 - 526}
  • J. Blankenship
  • Published 7 January 2015
  • Biology
  • Perspectives in Biology and Medicine
The history of tetrodotoxin (TTX) is a revealing lesson in the means by which modern biomedical researchers bring their skills to bear on the solution of a serious health hazard. More than this, an account of the study of tetrodotoxin illustrates how application of the scientific method transformed this compound from a menacing poison to a very powerful analytical tool, providing unique insights into biophysical and neurophysiological phenomena. Kao [1] earlier provided a detailed review of the… 

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