Sarin

August 04, 2008
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Sarin, whose chemical name is O-isopropyl methylphosphonofluoridate, is a powerful nerve agent that has been classified by the United Nations as a weapon of mass destruction. It is an efficient and irreversible cholinesterase inhibitor; a concentration of as little as 0.01 mg per kilogram of body weight can cause rapid and fatal disruption of the nervous system.

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