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Science of Survival Nov 28, 2017

Dangerously Delicious

Picking mushrooms can be fun, but if you aren't careful you can end up fighting for your life. (Jonas Jacobsson/Unsplash)

There are several thousand species of mushroom, but only a handful that will kill you. And the toxins found in poisonous mushrooms are some of the deadliest natural poisons on Earth. Just seven milligrams—one quarter of a grain of rice—is enough to kill an adult. When you picked some mushrooms off the forest floor, you planned to make a nice risotto. But now you’re in the hospital, fighting for your life.

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