A dietary cost of our appetite for gold

By Janet Raloff, 15:48 PM April 15, 2008

This Mothers Day, many moms will find their brood and mates proffering glittering booty: sparkling necklaces, earrings, bracelets, brooches, and rings fashioned in whole or in part of gold. There may also be gilded plates, glasses, and grandmas favorite–fragile, matched sets of hand-painted tea cups and saucers.

As women admire these tokens of their loved ones admiration, few will give passing thought to where the precious metal in their gifts came from. New research indicates that in some re...

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