Ricin

Ricin is a plant carbohydrate-binding protein (lectin) found in high concentration in castor beans. It is also cytotoxic, with a typical human lethal dose of approximately 5 |mg/kg.127 While much less toxic than botulinum toxin or staphylococcal enterotoxin B (SEB), ricin can be prepared in liquid or crystalline form in large quantities from castor beans with minimal sophistication or technical capacity. Access to the starting material is simple, since more than one million tons of castor beans are processed annually to produce castor oil; the waste mash contains 5% ricin by weight. Ricin is active orally or upon inhalation and thus could be used to poison food or aerosolized. Its relatively low potency makes it less likely for contaminating water supplies or large volumes of beverages. Ricin has already achieved some notoriety as a poison, being administered via an umbrella tip for a political assassination.128 A recent find of ricin and castor bean extraction equipment during a police raid of a flat in the United Kingdom indicates that this bioweapon has drawn the attention of terrorists.129

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