In article <199608121939.MAA25309 at spock.procept.com> sonderfa at procept.com ("Andrew J. Sonderfan") writes:
>From: sonderfa at procept.com ("Andrew J. Sonderfan")
>Subject: Re: Toxicology Studies ?
>Date: 12 Aug 1996 09:32:32 -0700
>Organization: BIOSCI International Newsgroups for Molecular Biology
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>Message-ID: <199608121939.MAA25309 at spock.procept.com>
>>I am trying to find out if it is necessary to have toxicology studies done
>>on fungi that is naturally occuring in soil. I have been told that as
>>long as the organism is from nature and it is from soil than it is not
>>necessary to have toxicology studies done ??
>Depends, I guess. Are you planning to market the fungi? If so, I suspect
>you will probably need to demonstrate safety for your planned use. Just
>because something occurs naturally at some level in nature doesn't mean
>it's safe at some other level on food, or in a medicine, etc. Recall that
>the aflatoxins, naturally occuring mold products, cause liver toxicity and
>cancer. It's common, but not accurate, to think of "natural" (whatever
>that means) things as "safer".
>sonderfa at procept.com
>Andrew J. Sonderfan, Ph.D.
>840 Memorial Drive
>Cambridge, MA 02139
Cobra toxin is 100% natural, but I wouldn't mainline it if I were you, either.
Nature can be just as deadly as man, but she'd really have to work at it to
get as good at it as we are. :-) :-/ :-<