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Evidence for the presence of tetrodotoxin in a powder used in Haiti for zombification.
A powder prepared by Haitian voodoo sorcerers for the making of zombis was extracted with acetic acid, the extract concentrated and applied to a small cation exchange column followed by elution with water and then acetic acid. The water and acetic acid eluents were analysed by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry and liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry. The analyses indicated the presence of an alkaline degradation product of tetrodotoxin, namely 2-amino-6-hydroxymethyl-8-hydroxyquinazoline, after base treatment, and of tetrodotoxin and an isomer on direct thermospray mass spectral activity.
Chemistry, Physical, Culture, Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry, Haiti, Physicochemical Phenomena, Tetrodotoxin
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