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Science  23 Feb 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5508, pp. 1470
DOI: 10.1126/science.291.5508.1470a

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MOSCOW-- A tug-of-war over 60 tons of precious gallium is threatening to undermine a major neutrino experiment. This week, officials at the Baksan Neutrino Observatory in Prielbrusye are asking a court to stop a government order to sell off some of the liquid metal, which serves as an underground detector. It's the latest round in a long-running battle over the fate of the material, which has a market value of $500 to $600 per kilogram.