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Fatal Fire and Tritium Poisoning Leave Nuclear Labs Searching for Answers

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Science  08 Jan 2010:
Vol. 327, Issue 5962, pp. 133
DOI: 10.1126/science.327.5962.133-a

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A pair of mishaps has left India's nuclear establishment on edge. On 28 December, two biochemistry Ph.D. students burned to death in a mysterious fire in the country's main nuclear laboratory, the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre in Mumbai. A month earlier, dozens of workers at a nuclear plant in Kaiga were exposed to tritium in an apparent case of attempted poisoning. To some observers, the incidents—both unsolved as Science went to press—raise the specter of terrorism. Others discount that possibility.