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Influence of the Medium on the Inactivation of Tetanus Toxin by X-Ray Irradiation

Nature volume 159, pages 715716 (24 May 1947) | Download Citation

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THE inactivation of diphtheria toxin by ultra-violet light was first demonstrated by Hertel1 in 1904. This observation was fully confirmed by other workers for different toxins. Attempts to destroy toxins by means of irradiation with X-rays or radium have hitherto been unsuccessful. Only Ferroux and Muttermilch2, using exceptionally large doses of radium and highly diluted tetanus toxin, reported destruction of the toxin.

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  1. Department of Bacteriology, Hebrew University, Jerusalem. Feb. 3.

    • E. EFRATI
  2. Department of Radiobiology, Hebrew University, Jerusalem. Feb. 3.

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