Sarin nerve gas used in a terrorist attack in the Tokyo subway 1995.

Progress has been made in the search for new drugs against poisoning by nerve agents such as sarin, according to a study from the Swedish Defence Research Agency, Umeå University and researchers in Germany.

- We have made a breakthrough discovery that opens up great opportunities for future research to develop new antidotes against nerve gas poisoning, says Anna Linusson, professor at the Department of Chemistry at Umeå University, the Echo on Swedish Radio.

The volatile nerve agent sarin symptoms including shortness of breath, vomiting, and visual disturbances.

The researchers have now been able to show how the nerve gas can be removed from the affected protein acetylcholinesterase.

The study is published in the US journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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