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16 May 2007

Wednesday 16 May 2007 15:45-16:00 (Radio 4 FM)


Jolyon Jenkins presents a series about poisons.

This edition looks at arsenic, which has been a popular murder weapon since the Middle Ages. However, there are some life forms which thrive on it.

Biologist Ron Oremland has discovered microbes living in lakes in America who use it in the same way that we use oxygen. This discovery could point the way towards cleaning up parts of the world where the water supply is heavily contaminated, with serious health consequences for thousands.

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Me and My Poison

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