Lexitoxin: A Deadly Biological Weapon

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The molecule above shows that there is ten carbon atoms, seventeen hydrogen atoms, seven nitrogen atoms and four oxygen atoms. There is both single and double bonds because some atoms share one or more electrons. This is a covalent bond because the atoms are nonmetals. Saxitoxin was discovered in 1957, in a shellfish. They are believed to be around for nearly 2.1 million years. In 1977, a Harvard professor synthesized saxitoxins. A second synthesis took place at The University in Connecticut. Even though it has never been used saxitoxins could be a deadly biological weapon. Once the poison gets to the lungs it cannot be stopped, this is why it could be deadly. A different name for saxitoxin is Gonyaulax catenella poison. It can also be
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