Aral catastrophe recorded in DNA
..."If ever there was an example of manmade ecological and human catastrophe, the Aral Sea and the dusty, salt-encrusted lands around it must be the most vivid anywhere on the planet."
... The impact on public health is devastating. Malnutrition is rife as are conditions including anaemia and TB.
Most alarming is a rate of a particular form of cancer - cancer of the oesophagus - that is the highest in the world.
Up to 80% of cancer victims in the region suffer this form of cancer. [ more
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