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This Mars meteorite contains a toxin that makes pigs vomit

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The detection of a toxin that makes humans and pigs vomit could solve the lingering 100-year-old mystery surrounding the pristine Martian meteorite nicknamed “Lafayette.”

Lafayette was blasted from the surface of Mars millions of years ago and eventually found its way to Purdue University in Indiana. In 1931, the unusual smooth black stone was identified as a pristine meteorite. Yet how Purdue University came to possess the stone and who delivered it to the university has been unknown for 90 years. Now, scientists analyzing the meteorite say that a strange compound found in it could be the clue that cracks the case.



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