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    "Benign skin growths that erupted on the face of Ukrainian president Victor Yushchenko helped save his life after he was poisoned with dioxin five years ago.

    That's the verdict of doctors who have treated and monitored Yushchenko since an unknown assassin made the attempt on his life by lacing his soup with dioxin during a dinner in Kiev on 5 September 2004.

    It now turns out that the lumps that grew on his face and body as a result probably saved his life by isolating the dioxin away from his vital, internal organs. They also helped to detoxify the poison, known chemically as TCDD (2,3,7,8-tetrachlrodibenzo-p-dioxin), by producing powerful enzymes called cytochrome p450s that are normally confined to the liver."

    Hypotheses:

    1. Previously undiscovered bodily defense system

    2. Somebody got injected with engineered stem cells

    3. These doctors need to lay off the Vodka and ergot-infected rye bread.

    4. Slow news day
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      CommentAuthortedcroland
    • CommentTimeAug 8th 2009
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    All of the above!
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      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeAug 8th 2009
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    Or quite possibly

    5.Victor Yushchenko is not from this planet.
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    6. Radioactive fallout from Chernobyl finally produces a useful mutation
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    In the words of Stephen Colbert right after the attacks in 2004

    "This man is from the land of Chernobyl... The Surrounding forests are home to 6 foot tall carnivorous squirrels. Dioxin is like Nutmeg to these people... little more than a flavor enhancer."
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    Fascinating.
    Could you post a link to the article, please?
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    Sorry Cornelius:

    link
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      CommentAuthorbjacques
    • CommentTimeAug 10th 2009
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    Is this different from the chloracne that one of the characters gets in Neal Stephenson's "Zodiac?"
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      CommentAuthorLBA
    • CommentTimeAug 10th 2009
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    @bjacques - I think it is the same. I had just finished reading Zodiac when the Yushchenko poisoning story first came to light and rattled off some information from the book about it to some colleagues to their amazement.
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      CommentAuthorbjacques
    • CommentTimeAug 11th 2009
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    I thought so. Dolmacher was the guy. Maybe I was in the middle of one Stephenson's Baroque books at the time, but that's the first thing I thought of. I guess Yushchenko shouldn't have picked his nose.