MEASURING the radioactivity of
snake venom, scientists say, can fairly accurately determine overall con7
tamination in an area. This would be
particularly useful in such places as
the former Soviet Union, which is
contaminated by different kinds of
radioactive isotopes as a result of
waste released from nuclear fuel
plants, accidents at atomic power stations and nuclear explosions.
But worldwide recession is being blamed for a cutback in financing for research programmes to detect environmental pollution by analysing snake venom.
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