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What Is Ricin?

  • Ricin is a poison that can be made from the waste left over from processing castor beans.

 
Castor Bean Plant

  • It can be in the form of a powder, a mist, or a pellet, or it can be dissolved in water or weak acid.
     
  • It is a stable substance. For example, it is not affected much by extreme conditions such as very hot or very cold temperatures.

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