In centres like Griffith and Wagga Wagga, locals fear there may be something in the water

She and her siblings would use the serpentine concrete outlet into the lake as a slippery slide. In summer, the slime from algal blooms exacerbated by the run-off from the nearby farms made it more fun to slide down the chicanes.

Tania grew up on one of those farms, where her family grew rice and wheat. Now she is questioning whether the conditions of that childhood accelerated her genetic predisposition for motor neurone disease (MND), a progressive disease which attacks the nerve cells controlling muscles allowing movement, speech, swallowing and, ultimately, breathing.

 

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