Why the nerve agent that poisoned the ex-Russian spy is so mysterious

On March 4th, former Russian double-agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found unconscious in Salisbury, England. They were the victims of an apparent poisoning. The poison was identified this week as a nerve agent called Novichok, part of a group of chemical weapons said to be extremely potent that we know very little about.

Even before the lab results were out, it looked like the Skripals were the victims of a nerve agent: Yulia Skripal was unconscious, seizing, vomiting, and had lost control of her bodily functions, the BBC reports; Sergei Skripal had gone rigid and immobile, according to CBS News. (Neither has died, but both are hospitalized in critical condition.) Since the Novichok nerve agents were developed in the…

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Author: Rachel Becker

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