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Taming a Mercurial Element

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Science  27 Sep 2013:
Vol. 341, Issue 6153, pp. 1442-1443
DOI: 10.1126/science.341.6153.1442

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Mercury has beguiled people for centuries, but the heavy metal also poses serious health and environmental dangers. This week, three stories in Science examine issues surrounding the new Minamata Convention on Mercury, which aims to curb emissions of the dangerous toxin and jump-start research. But it also faces numerous obstacles.