Another chemical got on my list: Aflatoxin B1, one of the most toxic chemicals that I’ve worked with.
Aflatoxin B1 is an aflatoxin produced by Aspergillus flavus and A. parasiticus. It is one of the most potent carcinogen known.
In animals, aflatoxin B1 has also been shown to be mutagenic, teratogenic, and to cause immunosuppression. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the worldwide maximum tolerated levels of aflatoxin B1 was reported to be in the range of 1–20 µg/kg in food, and 5–50 µg/kg in dietary cattle feed in 2003.
Kieffer (b. 1958) is a French molecular
neurobiologist, working mostly with opiate receptors. She is an international
expert in the field, and her research has significantly added to the
understanding of how the brain processes pain and drug addiction.
She was a professor at the University of Strasbourg, and went on to do
research in several institutes throughout France and the United States. Her
research led to the development of a new analgesic medicine, used as a
treatment for addiction. In 2013 she became a member of the French Academy of
Sciences, and won several medals offered by the institution.
“Okay so if you look here, you can see that the uh….the uhm….the…sorry but could you remove your hand from my back? It’s uh, distracting me from my work. Thanks.” AU
Character A works as an assistant at a lab and they’re responsible for making sure that the lab is clean and prepped for each new experiment. While cleaning up the remains of a previous experiment, Character A accidentally spills a beaker of unknown liquid onto their skin/clothes and immediately jumps underneath the safety shower to wash it off. At the same time, Character B walks in to find a very embarrassed Character A and a lab that’s floor is covered in water.
“Listen, I find the whole tired eyes and perpetual burnt coffee smell kind of hot. Working around scientists is like the best thing ever for me.” AU
Character A is a scientist that devotes enormous amounts of time and energy into their work, but they can’t seem to find the answer that they’re looking for. One night, while pouring over their notes for the hundredth time, Character B comes into Character A’s office with a bag of takeout food (from Character A’s favorite restaurant) and offers it to Character A, saying that Character A deserves it because they work so hard.
After landing an internship at a prestigious lab, Character A is determined to make a great impression on their superiors. So when lead scientist Character B asks if Character A would like to shadow Character B’s newest project, Character A jumps at the chance to really impress Character B.
“I know you’re a really touchy-feely person, but you just spilled a highly corrosive acid on both of us and now we’re both going to have to try to share this small safety shower.” AU
Character A has never had a real interest in science, but they apply for an assistant position at a lab because the pay is good. On their first day of work, Character A gets paired with one of the younger scientists, Character B, and all of a sudden Character A is very interested in science these days.