This (Edible) Mushroom Could Kill You

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Morels are one of the most commonly eaten wild mushrooms. So how did two people die from eating them at a single restaurant in Bozeman, Montana? Alex & George team up to take a deeper look into mushroom chemistry, identification, and cultivation to get a better understanding of this mystery.

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Executive Producer:
Matthew Radcliff

Andrew Sobey
Elaine Seward
Darren Weaver

Alex Dainis
George Zaidan

Alex Dainis
George Zaidan

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Michael Beug, PhD
Michelle Boucher, PhD
Alden C. Dirks, PhD
Leila Duman, PhD
Annie Weissman, MD

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