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APR 18, 2013 - Slate

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Poisoning for Dummies

On Tuesday, letters addressed to President Barack Obama and Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker were intercepted at offsite mailrooms and were found to test positive for traces of ricin. The poison is lethal in tiny quantities if inhaled or ingested. The FBI announced Wednesday that it had arrested a Mississippi man, Paul Kevin Curtis, for sending the ricin-laced letters. Unlike Bruce Ivins, the military scientist behind the 2001 anthrax attacks, Curtis doesn’t work in biosecurity. How hard is it to make ricin?   Not hard at all. There’s no shortage of ricin recipes online, and you don’t ... Read More

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