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Nerve gases

Nerve gases are potentially lethal synthetic chemicals developed during the Second World War. They work by blocking the breakdown of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. As a result it builds up in the synapse and its actions cannot be stopped. Nerve gases are now banned, but can still fall into the wrong hands: in 1995 Tokyo commuters were poisoned by the nerve gas Sarin. The chemical atropine - itself a poison - is found in the plant Deadly Nightshade. It can be used as an emergency antidote as it blocks the action of acetylcholine.

In 1995 Tokyo commuters were poisoned by the nerve gas Sarin.
In 1995 Tokyo commuters were poisoned by the nerve gas Sarin.
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