Mil News Push for anti-nerve agent drug

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Molecules that destroy deadly nerve agents could provide the basis of a new type of civilian drug to protect people against a terrorist attack.
The US army is testing the enzymes - called paraoxonases - to see if they could be used to protect troops from exposure during battle.

But Israeli researchers working in the field say any new drug could also have a role in the civil defence setting.

However, the new technology is likely to take some years to develop and test.

The paraoxonases might also have applications as sprays to decontaminate areas and groups of people exposed to nerve agents.

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