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Molecular model of VX nerve gas

Molecular model of VX nerve gas

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PROF. K.SEDDON & DR. T.EVANS, QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY BELFAST / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY PROF. K.SEDDON & DR. T.EVANS, QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY BELFAST / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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VX nerve gas. Molecular model of the nerve gas VX, or ethyl S-[2-diisopropylaminoethyl]- methylphosphonothioate. It has the formula (C11.H26.N.O2.P.S). The atoms are shown as sticks and are colour-coded: carbon (magenta), hydrogen (white), oxygen (red), nitrogen (blue), phosphorus (green) and sulphur (yellow). VX is a synthetic compound used in chemical weapons. It belongs to a class of drugs called cholinesterase inhibitors, which block the enzyme acetylcholinesterase. They cause muscle spasms and death through respiratory failure. VX can be absorbed through the skin, and may remain active for weeks after deployment.

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