The Intercept: 100,000 Pages Of Chemical Industry Secrets Gathered Dust In An Oregon Barn For Decades — Until Now. “FOR DECADES, SOME of the dirtiest, darkest secrets of the chemical industry have been kept in Carol Van Strum’s barn. Creaky, damp, and prowled by the occasional black bear, the listing, 80-year-old structure in rural Oregon housed more than 100,000 pages of documents obtained through legal discovery in lawsuits against Dow, Monsanto, the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Forest Service, the Air Force, and pulp and paper companies, among others. As of today, those documents and others that have been collected by environmental activists will be publicly available through a project called the Poison Papers.”
A new Web site aims to provide advice for poison-related emergencies (PRESS RELEASE). “The new tool provides critical, lifesaving poison information from any computer or smart device. The nation’s 55 poison control centers, collectively known as ‘poison control,’ are staffed by specially-trained physicians, pharmacists, and nurses who are experts in toxicology, poisoning information, prevention, and treatment—many of these same experts created and vetted the new online tool. “
Now available: a database of peptide toxins from scorpion venom. “The Kalium database is a set of information on peptide toxins extracted from scorpion venom that act on potassium channels. This constitutes half of all known peptide blockers of these channels. Once they enter the body, they selectively act on certain ion channels – membrane proteins that play a leading role in the transmission of signals in the nervous system. The disruption of the function of these proteins leads to various diseases, and therefore, they are considered important pharmacological targets.” There are currently 174 toxins in the database.