Volume 96 Issue 2 | pp. 12-14
Issue Date: January 8, 2018

Palytoxin: The danger hidden in tropical aquariums

The massive molecule has been poisoning home aquarium owners
By Emma Hiolski
Department: Science & Technology
Keywords: Toxicology, natural products, palytoxin, zoanthid, home aquarium

Nature’s deadliest chemicals often come in beautiful packages. Take, for instance, the batrachotoxin harbored in the vibrant skins of poison dart frogs, or the cardiac glycosides permeating the glossy green leaves and delicate pink petals of the oleander plant.

Palytoxin, which causes severe respiratory reactions, is no different. The massive molecule comes wrapped in the deceptively alluring package of an . . .

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