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Emissions control DO NOT TOUCH

Could hydrogen sulphide be the new nitric oxide? Katharine Sanderson reports on the rotten-egg gas that is earning a reputation in human physiology.

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Katharine Sanderson is a reporter for Nature in London.

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Sanderson, K. Emissions control DO NOT TOUCH. Nature 459, 500–502 (2009).

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