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Heart-Stopping Revelation About How Chinese Mushroom Kills

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Science  16 Mar 2012:
Vol. 335, Issue 6074, pp. 1293
DOI: 10.1126/science.335.6074.1293

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Southwest China's hill country has long been stalked by a killer whose victims sometimes drop dead in midsentence. Two years ago, researchers unmasked the likely villain as a mushroom, new to science, which no one had realized is poisonous. Now they have isolated its toxins and propose an astonishing modus operandi.