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Toxinology is the specialized area of toxicology that deals specifically with biological toxins, such as venoms or poisonous plants. Toxicology (from the Greek words toxicon and logos) is the study of the adverse effects of chemicals on living organisms. ... Biology studies the variety of life (clockwise from top-left) E. coli, tree fern, gazelle, Goliath beetle Biology is the science of life (from the Greek words bios = life and logos = word). ... A toxin, in a scientific context, is a biologically produced substance that causes injury to the health of a living thing on contact or absorption, typically by interacting with biological macromolecules such as enzymes and receptors. ... It has been suggested that Snake poison be merged into this article or section. ...


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The International Society on Toxinology was founded in 1962 by a group on scientists and clinicians interested in advancing the science of toxinology.
The purpose of the Society is to advance knowledge on the properties of toxins and antitoxins and to bring together scholars interested in these substances through a common Society.
Membership consists of those who have conducted and published meritorious original investigations in toxinology, while persons who do not qualify for membership but are interested in the field of toxinology are eligible for associate membership.
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