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didymocarpus
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antitoxins

Post by didymocarpus » Mon Feb 18, 2008 11:27 am

what are antitoxins? how do they differ from antibiotics? :wink:

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Re: antitoxins

Post by Darby » Tue Feb 19, 2008 6:19 pm

Just look at the words. Antibiotics are poisons aimed at some sort of living thing, usually bacteria. Antitoxins are aimed at poisons themselves. Both groups get the jobs done in a variety of ways. Snake antivenom, for instance, is often antibodies (from horses exposed to small amounts of venom) that bind the venom molecules so they don't function anymore.

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