It is not contagious but can spread if a person comes in contact with an individual who has Ricin
on their skin or clothes.
Produced by processing castor beans, ricin
is lethal in minute doses if swallowed, inhaled or injected and 6,000 times more potent than cyanide, with no known antidote.
, a poison made from castor beans, Ricinus communis, is a highly potent toxin.
Further formulated by Soligenix to have enhanced thermostability, RiVax has demonstrated up to 100% protection in mice and non-human primates subsequently exposed to lethal doses of ricin
toxin either systemically or by aerosol.
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Jihadi terrorists have also shown an interest in carrying out attacks with ricin
. In January 2003, a British counterterrorism operation was launched against a suspected al-Qai'da-linked cell allegedly plotting to carry out an attack on U.K.
But they pointed out that the amount of ricin
on order had the capacity to kill up to 1,400 people.
He told the court: "I am satisfied so that I am sure, that Mohammed Ali had no intention of disposing of the ricin
The court heard Ali approached the undercover agent in January with a private message: "Hi, would you be able to make me some ricin
and send it to the UK?" In a series of encrypted chats, they discussed the price of a lethal dose, discounts for bulk orders and repeat purchases, and ricin
's "shelf life", jurors were told.
He added: "I found lots of different items ranging from drugs, guns, other illegal items and because I had been watching Breaking Bad I just had ricin
in my mind."
Ali was unaware his source was in fact an FBI agent who tipped off police in England and substituted the consignment of ricin
for harmless powder.
He said: "I found lots of different items ranging from drugs, guns, other illegal items, and because I had been watching Breaking Bad TV show I just had ricin
in my mind."