The Strangler: The chemistry behind the Game of Thrones poison (video)

WASHINGTON, April 28, 2014 — Game of Thrones gave us a shock with the Purple Wedding and now everyone is asking: “Who poisoned King Joffrey?” While the search for the killer continues, the American Chemical Society’s latest Reactions video focuses on what killed the hated king. The video is available at

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Chemist Raychelle Burks, Ph.D., of Doane College helps us narrow down the suspects in her charismatic style, blending pop culture and chemistry. “Sometimes science gets a bad rap. People think it’s dry or super serious,” Burks says. “Pop culture is really a good medium to talk about science in a way that anyone and everyone can participate.”

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