Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Cancer Doctor's Alleged Poisoning: How Can Ethylene Glycol Kill?

A Houston cancer researcher accuses a colleague of poisoning him with ethylene glycol, the main ingredient of antifreeze, in his coffee.

 

A cancer researcher in Houston is accused of aggravated assault in the alleged poisoning of a fellow cancer doctor.

According to a criminal complaint filed May 29, Dr. Ana Maria Gonzalez-Angulo, a breast cancer oncologist at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center spiked the coffee of her colleague Dr. George Blumenschein with ethylene glycol, causing kidney failure and other complications. Gonzalez-Angulo and Blumenschein were in a casual sexual relationship, according to the complaint, which was first reported by the Houston Chronicle.

So what is ethylene glycol? This industrial chemical is odorless, colorless — and deadly, especially given that it tastes sweet, making it appealing to kids and pets.

For the rest of the story: http://www.livescience.com/37312-cancer-doctor-alleged-poisoning.html

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