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  1. Carmen Drahl
    Jan 09 - 2:40 pm

    I’m with you on picking the pill. What’s funny to me is how much the other stuff in the pill mirrors present-day excipients in tablets. Fatty acids, cornstarch, gelatin, all get a mention in this piece from Steve Ritter http://pubs.acs.org/cen/whatstuff/86/8601sci3.html
    Everything old is new again I suppose.

  2. Sarah Everts
    Jan 09 - 3:07 pm

    Indeed! Very true.
    Another old-is-new nugget: The researchers analyzing the ancient pills suspect the pollen was an accidental ingredient via the beeswax. Turns out modern day forensic scientists look for accidental pollen tidbits in counterfeit or fake pharmaceuticals in order to get a sense for where the counterfeiting was done… https://pubs.acs.org/cen/science/88/8801sci1.html

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