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What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger: How Rats Develop Resistance to Poisons

The practice of purposely ingesting poisons to build up immunity to them is called mithridatism. Mithridatism has been used as a plot device in novels, films, video games, and television shows, including Nirja Guleri’s Shiv Dutt in Chandrakanta, Alexandre Dumas’s The Count of Monte Cristo, Nathaniel Hawthornes "Rappaccini's Daughter," Yoshiaki Kawajiri’s Ninja Scroll, Dorothy Sayers's Strong Poison, Agatha Christie’s Curtain, William Goldman's The Princess Bride (and the film of the same name), The Borgias, Babylon 5, Riddick,  and a Japanese manga called Dokuhime (Poison…

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