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What we know about Russia's Novichok nerve agents
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The British government believes a "Novichok" Russian nerve agent was used for the attempted assassination of Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter on March 4. Here's what we know about the chemical weapon. Novichok -- or "newcomer" in English -- refers to a group of powerful and deadly chemical compounds reportedly developed by the Soviet government in the 1970s and 1980s, some of which were adopted by the Soviet army in 1990. read more


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