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Death cap poison: the latest weapon in the fight against cancer

The death cap mushroom is feared throughout much of the world because of the deadly toxin it contains, amanitin. But could the poison reputedly used by Agrippina to murder her husband, the Roman emperor Claudius, be used to destroy cancer, asks Richard Staines. Known to modern science as an inhibitor of RNA polymerase II, alpha-Amanitin […]