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  • n. a nerve agent easily absorbed into the body; a lethal cholinesterase inhibitor that is highly toxic when inhaled


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  • More than one million Iranians were exposed to chemical weapons, and 7,000 died immediately, Iranian officials say.107 At least 100,000 were “severely injured” by nerve agents like sarin and soman, and blistering agents like mustard gas.

    Let the Swords Encircle Me

  • That's right, Pentagon leaders don't see the value next year in spending one thin dime to destroy or secure VX, soman, sarin, or lewisite/mustard nerve and blister agents from Russia or the former Soviet states.

    Barry Rosenberg: See No Evil

  • The documents included literature on deadly gases such as saran gas, soman, tabum and a substance known as VX.

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  • There is no indication that Libya has sarin, soman or other dispersible nerve agents that can cause death on contact.

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  • OP nerve agents, such as sarin gas, soman, tabun or VX, enter the blood stream via inhalation or absorption through the skin.

  • These included such notorious chemical warfare agents as sarin, soman and tabun gases, all of which are still manufactured today. ...

    Signs of the Times

  • The deadliest organophosphate, soman, was isolated by Dr. Richard Kuhn, who won a Nobel Prize in chemistry for his work on carotene, a precursor of vitamin A. Kuhn's work on deadly chemicals came too late in the war for the Nazis to put his nerve gas into production.


  • Discovered in 1944, soman completed the evil trinity of G-agents, so-named for either Germany or Gerhard (Schrader).


  • The Department of Veterans Affairs has reported that military scientists tested hundreds of chemical and biological substances on them, including VX, tabun, soman, sarin, cyanide, LSD, PCP, and World War I-era blister agents like phosgene and mustard.


  • Although the less potent soman and sarin gases break down quickly in the environment, they may be too powerful to deliver in reliably sub-lethal doses, which may have been the intent in the Israeli attacks.



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