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Ricin is a potent toxin that could be used as an agent of biological warfare or bioterrorism. It is a phytotoxalbumin protein derived from the beans of the castor plant (Ricinus communis). Ricin is widely available and easily produced. Ricin's significance as a potential bioweapon relates in part to its availability. Although ricin is not an ideal bioweapon agent, it remains a threat.

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Date Of Record Release 2009-04-08 16:40:40
Description Ricin is a potent toxin that could be used as an agent of biological warfare or bioterrorism. It is a phytotoxalbumin protein derived from the beans of the castor plant (Ricinus communis). Ricin is widely available and easily produced. Ricin's significance as a potential bioweapon relates in part to its availability. Although ricin is not an ideal bioweapon agent, it remains a threat.
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Source Federation of American Scientists
Keyword Ricin, Toxin, Toxins, Bioterrorism, Biological warfare, Biological Weapon, Castor plant, Castor bean, Bioweapon
Date Of Record Creation 2009-04-08 16:36:39
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Date Last Modified 2009-08-05 14:24:12
Language English
Date Record Checked: 2009-04-08 00:00:00 (W3C-DTF)

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