Jun 19, 2014 — Scientists have figured out how botulinum toxin moves from the intestine into the bloodstream. Specialized molecules that serve as carriers for the toxin provide clues about its potency.
Apr 21, 2014 — Last year a scientist said he'd found a new form of botulinum toxin, and was keeping details secret to keep the recipe from terrorists. But other science and public health labs were shut out, too.
Oct 9, 2013 — Journals usually require researchers to reveal genetic sequences for a toxin that is the subject of a scientific paper. The requirement was waived for a new botulinum toxin because of security risks.
Feb 7, 2013 — Inmates at a maximum security prison in Arizona were stricken with botulism after consuming homemade hooch that's called "pruno" inside the big house. Potatoes appear to be the source of the problem in two separate outbreaks.
Oct 5, 2012 — An old baked potato added to a batch of homemade booze at a Utah prison apparently led to the second-largest botulism outbreak in the U.S. since 2006. Eight inmates were sickened, and a year after treatment most still report lingering symptoms.
Jul 22, 2011 — Euphoria Fancy Food recalled some preserved herring after New York government inspectors found it wasn't properly gutted before processing. The salted herring could carry a risk of botulism.
Jul 8, 2011 — Two unfortunate people came down with botulism this year after tasting spoiled potato soup, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. In both cases the soup, which was supposed to be refrigerated, was left out at room temperature for weeks.