Abrin

Authored by: Dongyou Liu , Eric A.E. Garber

Manual of Security Sensitive Microbes and Toxins

Print publication date:  April  2014
Online publication date:  April  2014

Print ISBN: 9781466553965
eBook ISBN: 9781466553989
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/b16752-44

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Abstract

Abrin is a toxic protein and is found in the seeds of a plant called Abrus precatorius (Abrus means beautiful). Native to Asia, Africa, Australia, and the Western Pacific, A. precatorius thrives in tropical and subtropical climates throughout the world. Given its ability to grow over and kill other native species, it has the tendency to become weedy and invasive.

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