The Department of Homeland Security is spending a few clams to find out if the quahog (KWOE'-hahg) may someday be an antidote for a bio-terrorist attack.
A chemist who is working under a federal grant says he found the clams can neutralize the dangerous enzyme in botulism. He says scientists injected the shellfish with enough of the poison to kill a-thousand people, but the clam didn't die. Instead, the quahog was able to cut the toxic activity in half.
The doctor (Bal Ram Singh), tells The Standard Times of New Bedford in Massachusetts that it will be a long process to isolate the molecule that the clam uses to neutralize the poison.
But, he says, converting the results to humans could "be very useful."
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