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Eight Hampshire students and their professor gather around a table in the Cole Science Center. One issue tops their agenda on this cold winter morning: the health of the people in a faraway Chilean fishing village.
The students have uncovered a toxic secret. By performing laser analysis on hair and teeth samples taken from village residents, they've discovered dangerously high levels of heavy metals, particularly arsenic, in residents' bodies. Arsenic, it seems, has been endangering health in the region for centuries.