"This is a sad story. My uncle died. His wife died. Four of their children died. One daughter lived. She left the house. Then she got sick too and died. Also I lost all my friends."
- Pavo Luksic, age 79 from Kaniza in Croatia.
Read the intriguing story of Balkan endemic nephropathy - a mystery kidney disease and how its unlikely cause was finally discovered.
A great piece of science writing from Julia C. Mead of The Scientist. Mead received the 2008 FOLIO gold medal for the best science magazine article for this story which was first published in the scientist in November 2007.