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By William Atchison
Michigan State University 

What is Novichok? A neurotoxicologist explains

 


(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.)

(THE CONVERSATION) Novichok, or “newcomer” in Russian, refers not to a single chemical but rather a group of related molecules designed for only one purpose: to kill.

Soviet Scientists applied that nickname to extremely toxic “nerve poisons” developed between the 1970s and 1990s.

I am a neurotoxicologist. Since 1980 I have studied how environmental chemicals and toxins can disrupt or block chemical signaling in the nervous system, leading to temporary and sometimes pe...



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