Toxicological trivia from May 08, 2013; An anti-toxin that protects against ricin poisoning is to move into production for the first time. It is the result of eight years of work by researchers at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory based at Porton Down in Wiltshire. The antidote can protect against death up to 24 hours after exposure, according to Dr Jane Holley from DSTL.Dr Holley told BBC News: "In the past there has been lots of research carried out using different methods. But this is the first [anti-toxin] that has been moved into production. Ricin is extracted from castor beans, which are processed throughout the world to make castor oil. The toxin is part of the waste "mash" produced when castor oil is made.Security experts say ricin is more toxic than cyanide:
a) Roughly 10 times more toxic;
b) Roughly 100 times more toxic;
c) Roughly 1000 times more toxic.
Correct answer: c. Read more in Spanish article: Ready a British antidote against ricin. Also in bbcnews article: Ricin 'antidote' to be produced