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This story from the New York Times reports on preliminary indications that toxic chemicals in the water in India may be responsible for genetic mutations in the population. The toxins include arsenic and mercury, and the story says that people in the affected area of Punjab are showing high rates of cancer as well as other diseases. Some 65 percent of people tested had mutated DNA, according to the article.

 

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