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Danger in the Lab

A piece in Slate discusses why academic labs are so much more dangerous than industry ones. Slate has a laundry list of lab accidents: a lab technician who died of burns after transferring T-butyl lithium, a professor electrocuted after plugging in a light with an ungrounded plug, a postdoc injured in an explosion, two technicians exposed to botulinum toxin, and more.

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